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Meet on border impasse

Hailakandi, May 2: The deputy commissioners of Hailakandi in Assam and Kolasib in Mizoram have decided to meet twice a year and agreed on a number of issues to end the ongoing border impasse.

Nine resolutions were unanimously adopted in a meeting among the district administration officials yesterday, held at the office of Hailakandi deputy commissioner Samsher Singh.

Unidentified criminals from Mizoram had blown up Kachurthal LP School of Axom Sarba Siksha Abhiyan at Kachurthal village, nearly 90km from Hailakandi town on Tuesday.

The officials have agreed to stop construction in the bordering forests, maintenance of status quo in the border areas according to the inter-state discussion in 2011 and maintenance of acts, guidelines, rules and protocol related to environment and forests and border areas.

Cutting of trees and construction in the forests will not be allowed and the divisional forest officers of both the districts will demarcate forestland along the border.

The Mizoram first police battalion will be withdrawn from the border and the police of both the states will co-operate in inquiries in border-related disputes.

The states agreed to reconstruct the damaged school building soon and hold meetings of the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police twice a year.

Hailakandi deputy commissioner Samsher Singh, Kolasib deputy commissioner Jitender Yadav, Hailakandi superintendent of police Brojenjit Sinha and Kolasib superintendent of police Rishi Paul and administrative and forest officials of both the districts attended the meeting.

Singh urged his counterpart to help Assam police arrest the culprits connected with the blast on Tuesday in the school, which falls under Kukicherra forest range of the district.

Assam public health engineering minister Gautam Roy took the initiative to organise the meeting.

Roy said, “The people living on the border should not be worried as the problems will be sorted out by the administration.”

Former MLA and Youth Congress leader Rahul Roy had to leave the border area after being threatened by Mizoram police.

Sources said Rahul, the son of Gautam Roy, went to the bordering Kachurthal area to see the damaged school building yesterday and meet local people.

The people of the area gathered and complained before Roy regarding alleged theft of vegetables, paddy and domestic animals and extortion by Mizos.

The police officials of nearby Jowpai outpost of Mizoram also gathered on the spot and both Roy and the police officials had an argument.

Roy had to be rescued by Assam police as the situation started getting worse.