Two deserted homes alongside the Mizoram-Assam border have been burned down by unidentified folks, fuelling stress alongside the unstable inter-state border, the police stated on Sunday.
Each the states claimed that the incident came about inside their territory on Friday evening however no casualty was reported as the homes have been empty.
Whereas Assam put the blame on “miscreants from Mizoram”, the neighbouring state pointed the accusing finger at “Bangladeshi immigrants who needed to flare up the border dispute”.
Hailakandi district Superintendent of Police Ramandeep Kaur claimed that in addition to burning down the 2 empty homes belonging to Ali Hussain and Saidul Islam, some folks from Mizoram have additionally erected a construction 300 metres inside Assam’s territory close to Gutguti space within the district.
An investigation is underway to establish the id of the accused concerned within the incidents and circumstances have been registered, she stated.
Safety has been elevated within the space and patrolling has been intensified, the official stated.
The matter has been taken up with higher-level authorities in Mizoram and hopefully, the problem shall be resolved quickly, Ms Kaur stated.
Ms Kaur, together with Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner Rohan Kumar Jha and Ramnathpur police station officer-in-charge Liton Nath visited the realm to assessment the prevailing scenario.
The situation falls beneath the inner-line reserve forest space and may be very troublesome to succeed in from the Assam aspect, she stated.
Vanlalfaka Ralte, the SP of Mizoram’s Kolasib district, nonetheless, claimed that the deserted homes have been positioned in Zophai space close to Bairabi city within the district.
“The homes, deserted since February this 12 months, have been earlier occupied by non-tribals employed by Mizos to take care of their paddy fields. We suspect that the burning of the homes was a political ploy by Bangladeshi immigrants to revive the border subject between the 2 neighbouring states,” he stated.
The realm the place the incident came about is inside the territory of Mizoram and never inside the inside line reserved forest space, he stated, including that the house owners of the sphere have land pattas (paperwork) in Mizoram and pay land taxes to the state authorities.
A case has been registered with the Bairabi police station and a manhunt launched to nab the accused.
Since October final 12 months, there have been frequent incidents of burning of homes, allegations of land encroachment and even a bomb blast inside a closed college alongside the 164.6-km-long Mizoram-Assam border.
The earlier incident had taken place close to Gallacherra border outpost, beneath which Gutguti falls, in February and since then, many residents had vacated their homes, Ms Kaur added.
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