Two deserted homes alongside the Mizoram-Assam border have been burned down by unidentified folks, fuelling pressure alongside the risky inter-state border, the police stated on Sunday.
Both the states claimed that the incident passed off inside their territory on Friday evening however no casualty was reported as the homes have been empty.
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”.
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 identification of the accused concerned within the incidents and circumstances have been registered, she stated.
Security 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 overview the prevailing state of affairs.
The location falls underneath the inner-line reserve forest space and could be very troublesome to achieve from the Assam facet, she stated.
Vanlalfaka Ralte, the SP of Mizoram’s Kolasib district, nonetheless, claimed that the deserted homes have been situated in Zophai space close to Bairabi city within the district.
“The houses, abandoned since February this year, were earlier occupied by non-tribals hired by Mizos to look after their paddy fields. We suspect that the burning of the houses was a political ploy by Bangladeshi immigrants to revive the border issue between the two neighbouring states,” he stated.
The space the place the incident passed off is throughout the territory of Mizoram and never throughout the inside line reserved forest space, he stated, including that the homeowners of the sector 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 yr, there have been frequent incidents of burning of homes, allegations of land encroachment and even a bomb blast inside a closed faculty alongside the 164.6-km-long Mizoram-Assam border.
The earlier incident had taken place close to Gallacherra border outpost, underneath which Gutguti falls, in February and since then, many residents had vacated their homes, Ms Kaur added.
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