Three weeks after the violent clashes on the Assam-Mizoram border, In which six policemen of Assam were killedTension escalated again on Tuesday along the disputed inter-state border over an alleged firing incident.
Mizoram has alleged that Assam Police opened fire on the border in Bilaipur around 1 am, injuring one of its civilians.
Responding to the allegation, Assam claimed that the police personnel opened fire only after miscreants opened fire on them from the other side of the border.
on 26th July, Seven people lost their lives in a clash between the armies of two northeastern statesIncluding six Assam Police personnel, and 50 others were injured.
“The incident took place at around 1 am in the disputed Atlang area bordering Assam’s Hailakandi district, when three residents of Vairangte town, residents of Bilaipur in Assam, went to collect meat from a friend who had invited them to visit. One person was injured. There had been firing by Assam Police personnel guarding the inter-state border,” PTI quoted H Lalthalangliana, Deputy Commissioner, Kolasib district, Mizoram as saying.
Hailakandi Superintendent of Police Gaurav Upadhyay, refusing to share the details of the incident, confirmed that the firing took place. “There is no report of any casualties on either side,” he said.
However, a senior district official said that miscreants from Mizoram opened fire in the dark from the top of Darsing Hills when the laborers were constructing a road leading to the border from Bilaipur under the MGNREGA scheme.
“Assam Police personnel also fired several rounds in retaliation to the firing from the Mizoram side,” the official said.
Gaurav Upadhyay further said that he along with Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner Rohan Jha reached the spot immediately after the exchange of fire.
“Heavy security forces have been deployed in the area,” he said.
On August 5, representatives of Assam and Mizoram held talks in Aizawl Agreed to settle the inter-state border dispute amicably.
A joint statement issued after the meeting said, “The representatives of both the governments agreed to take all necessary measures to promote, preserve and maintain peace and harmony between Assam and Mizoram, especially the people living in the border areas.” Huh.”
The Assam government also canceled an advisory issued earlier against travel to Mizoram on the same day.
(with inputs from PTI)