The border conflict between Assam and Mizoram has again escalated after two abandoned houses along the Assam-Mizoram border have been burnt down by some unidentified people.
“Some temporary houses have been constructed 300 meters inside Assam’s territory by a group from Mizoram. These are forest areas, and we don’t have roads and proper ways of transport to reach the border area. But on Mizoram’s side, they have constructed roads to reach the border areas. There are some abandoned houses in Assam along the border and two of them were burnt by miscreants on Friday night,” police superintendent (SP) of Hailakandi district Ramandeep Kaur said.
While Assam put the blame on “miscreants from Mizoram”, the neighbouring state pointed the accusing finger at “Bangladeshi immigrants who wanted to flare up the border dispute”
An investigation is underway to ascertain the identity of the miscreants involved in the incidents and cases have been registered, she said.
Vanlalfaka Ralte, the SP of Mizoram”s Kolasib district, however, claimed that the abandoned houses were located in Zophai area near Bairabi town in the district.
Since October last year, there have been frequent incidents of burning of houses, allegations of land encroachment and even a bomb blast inside a closed school along the 164.6-km-long Mizoram-Assam border.