Mizoram to withdraw state security forces from disputed border with Assam; blockade on NH 306 to be lifted

The BSF to be stationed on Assam-Mizoram disputed border area.

The Mizoram government has decided to withdraw state security forces from the Assam-Mizoram disputed border area and station the Border Security Force (BSF) instead.

Besides withdrawing the Mizoram security forces from the disputed area, the blockade on National Highway 306 will also be lifted by Assam, Mizoram chief secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo said after the meeting of the chief secretaries of Assam and Mizoram on Sunday. The meeting was held under the leadership of Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla via video conference

Normal traffic along the NH-306 will resume any time, Lalnunmawia Chuaungo said.

The blockade imposed by locals of Assam side started on October 28, demanding the withdrawal of Mizoram security forces from the disputed area.

Even though normalcy may return in the disputed border area any moment, it does not mean that the border dispute has been resolved.

According to the Mizoram chief secretary, the Sunday meeting was aimed only for adhoc measures first. The meeting between the two chief secretaries revolved around withdrawal of security forces by the Mizoram government from the disputed border area and the lifting of NH-306 blockade by residents of Assam, according to the Mizoram chief secretary.

 During the meeting, the Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla urged the Mizoram government to withdraw its forces from the area. The Union Home secretary also urged Assam to lift the blockade, according to the Mizoram chief secretary.

The Centre was keen to resolve the border dispute. The Centre has been keeping in touch with both the state governments constantly, according to sources.

However, it is still not clear the concrete steps to resolve the Assam-Mizoram border dispute.

First Published:Nov. 8, 2020, 8:29 p.m.

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