Mizoram to Withdraw Forces from Border; Assam Wants “On-Ground Action”

Mizoram assured Assam government that it will withdraw its forces from the tense inter-state border areas.

Meanwhile welcoming the the decision, Assam govt said that it was “waiting to see action on the ground”.

“Mizoram has made an offer that it will withdraw their forces in a graded manner. We welcome the decision but at the same time, we are awaiting action on the ground. We are monitoring the situation… the occupation of Assam’s territory by personnel of the neighbouring state has been an eyesore,” a senior Home department official told The Assam Tribune.

Speaking to reporters at a news conference in Aizawl on Sunday, chief secretary Chuaungo said he had a meeting with his Assam counterpart under the leadership of Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla via video conference on Sunday.

Sources said Mizoram intends to deploy Central forces – BSF – to replace its men in the areas which it claims as “disputed”.

“As of now, their (Mizoram’s) forces are stationed at five locations inside Assam’s territory in the two districts of Cachar and Karimganj. We have not seen any sign of withdrawal till (Sunday) evening,” DIG (Southern Range) Dilip Kumar Dey said over phone.

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