Aizawl: The Mizoram Youth Congress wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday, urging his intervention to resolve border disputes âimmediatelyâ between the northeastern states and lift the ongoing economic blockade on National Highway-306 in the valley. of Barak in Assam.
Some organizations allegedly backed by the Assam government imposed a blockade in the Dholai-Lailapur area on NH-306, disrupting all supplies, including life-saving drugs and COVID-19 test kits, in Mizoram after the violent clash which took place near the town of Vairengte in the Kolasib district of Mizoram on July 26.
However, the government of Assam has said that neither the government nor the organizations are imposing a blockade.
In its letter, the Youth Congress alleged that a large contingent of heavily armed Assam police officers entered Mizoram territory and forcibly captured a border outpost manned by Mizoram police in the region. town of Vairengte on July 26.
He strongly blamed Assam’s alleged assault and use of brutal force against civilians by state police and also held Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who also holds the interior wallet, responsible for the escalation leading to the bloody clash.
At least seven people, including six police officers, died and dozens injured on Assam and Mizoram sides in the fierce shootout between police forces in two states on July 26.
In its letter, the Youth Congress also condemned the alleged state-sponsored economic blockade on NH-306 and the destruction of the rail lines in Assam that connect the town of Bairabi in the Kolasib district to Mizoram.
âNational highways and railways are nationally owned and therefore we urge you to take immediate action to end the illegal and unconstitutional blockade of National Route-306 and rail movement to Mizoram and the forces behind these. unconstitutional acts must be dealt with according to the law, âthe letter reads.
He further alleged that mainstream media journalists were denied entry to Mizoram by the Assam government, apparently to cover up the truth behind the July 26 incident.
The Youth Congress urged the president to take immediate and effective action to resolve border disputes in the northeast in order to establish peace and harmony throughout the region.
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Meanwhile, members of the state Youth Congress and the student wing of the party, the National Union of Indian Students (NSUI) held a protest in front of Raj Bhavan here on Wednesday to condemn Sarma for his alleged ” aggressive policy âand its economic blockade in the Barak Valley.
Speaking on the occasion, State Youth Congress President Dr Lalmalsawma Nghaka questioned the validity and existence of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), of which the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF).
Alleging that the NEDA was created by the BJP for the sole purpose of seizing power in the Northeast, the congressional leader called on the MNF to withdraw from the alliance.
Lalmalsawm also criticized the Center for being quiet about the prolonged economic blockade in the Barak Valley.