Last evening, there was tension in areas along the Mizoram-Assam border when Assam’s Minister of state for Border and Co-operative Societies Siddique Ahmed Majumdar went up to the police check gate in the border town of Vairengte with a large number of villagers.
Mizoram police officials said that about 50 villagers from Lailapur in Assam led Majumdar’s entourage on two-wheelers in an alleged attempt to enter the Mizoram police’s check gate at Vairengte.
Majumdar had earlier certain residents of Lailapur that a meeting between deputy commissioners Cachar (Assam) and Kolasib (Mizoram) would be held on October 5 at Silchar, to discuss the demands of the villagers.
The move angered NGOs in Mizoram and about 40 members of the Mizo Zirlai Pawl or the Mizo students’ federation leads by its President James Thanghmingmawia intended to go to Vairengte this evening and consult the students and NGOs of the town.
In the meantime, the All Barak Youth Students Association which had launched a blockade of NH-54 the lifeline of Mizoram for 3 days since September 26 announced that they would continue with it.
The road blockade by the ABYSA suggested strong reactions in Mizoram with political parties and NGOs condemning it as an attempt to economically strangulate the state and against the ruling of SC which prohibited blockade of national highways.