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Mizoram Former CM seeks PM’s intervention in clearing economic blockade


GUWAHATI: Former chief minister of Mizoram and congress leader, Lal Thanhawla, has sought intervention of Prime minister Narendra Modi in clearing prolonged economic blockade of Mizoram.

Assam and Mizoram witnessed a flare up in the border following which national highway was blockaded by people.

“Owing to certain disagreement of the border issue between the States of Mizoram and Assam, some miscreants in Cachar District of Assam have resorted to blocking the only road (NH 306) connecting Mizoram with the rest of the country for more than ten days now, as a result of this prolonged blockade of Mizoram’s only economic lifeline, Mizoram economy is now at stand still and the poor people, as often predicted in such circumstances, are the worst hit with nobody in Mizoram is spared of this blockade in all matters connected with daily life, now unfortunately coupled with COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lal Thanhawla in a letter.

He added, “I therefore, beseech your honour intervene in this matter so that normalcy is restored early. The Central government is expected to instruct the Government of Assam to have uninterrupted and smooth transit between the states as warranted in the Constitution. Lastly, I would like to share with you an idea that may eventually surface if the young generation in Mizoram felt alienated in any way from our motherland India

Leader of the Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly and congress leader , Debabrata Saikia, a party delegation to the border area recently.

Saikia said, “ We observed that people are living in terror. This clearly indicates that very tense days are ahead, as people have already become very aggressive .Further, we went up to Vairangte, where the Mizoram Police’s Inner Line Permit (ILP) check-post is located. Before we reached it, we were asked to stop by Central armed personnel who have been deployed at the request of Assam Government. It is pertinent to note that the Government of Assam is fully cognizant of the magnitude of the problem. For instance, the Range Forest Officer of Cheragi Range informed the Officer In-Charge of the Ratabari Police Station vide letter No. CH/324-25/22(F)/Inter-State Border/2020 dated 30th October, 2020 that when he went to “restrain” encroachers in the Singla Reserved Forest, he was warned of dire consequences and turned back by civilians who were backed by armed security personnel of Mizoram.”

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