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Team to visit disputed area

Security personnel at the Assam-Mizoram border area. 
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Hailakandi: A high-level team of the Union home department, comprising joint secretary, who is looking after Northeast affairs, principal secretaries of both Assam and Mizoram, along with the officials of Survey of India, departments of forests and border areas development of states will visit the disputed areas on the Assam-Mizoram border within a week.

This was decided in a meeting of the chief secretaries of Assam and Mizoram, T.Y. Das and Arvind Ray, in New Delhi on Tuesday to sort out the solution of border dispute. Hailakandi in Assam and Kolasib in Mizoram near Bairabi fall in the border zone.

The border is nearly 70km from here and about 420km from Guwahati.

Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba presided over Tuesday's meeting. It decided to maintain status quo on the border till the issue is resolved. It reiterated the need to maintain peace at the border. The directors-general of police of both states, Assam's Mukesh Sahay and Mizoram's Thianghlima Pachuau, also attended the meeting. Sahay informed the meeting that peace was prevailing along the border on the Assam side.

The meeting asked both the states not to allow people to assemble in the area in order to maintain peace and solve the issue amicably.

The officials of both the states elaborately explained the trouble created over the possession of the border on March 8 to 10.

Tension erupted at Zophai along the Mizoram-Assam border areas, when activists of Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), Mizoram's apex student body, attempted to construct a resting shed there. The MZP alleged that the members of the organisation and eight journalists were injured when Assam police pushed them back to foil the attempt on March 8 and 10.

Top officials of both the states will meet on April 1 in New Delhi after receiving a report from the team. After the meeting of officials, Union home minister Rajnath Singh will convene a meeting of chief ministers of both Assam and Mizoram in New Delhi, sources confirmed.

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