by NEWSNER , 2021-08-04 14:52:31
Assam's Cachar district government declared its bordering territories with Mizoram a no-drone-zone on Tuesday, citing security concerns, four days after Mizoram issued a similar order designating its bordering parts with Assam a no-drone-zone.
The order issued under Section 144 of the CrPC did not specify when the "drone attacks" occurred, but official sources said that drones recently flew in from the Kolasib area on the opposite side of the interstate border.
District Magistrate Keerthi Jalli issued the order "in light of security risks posed by recent drone assaults by various miscreants and anti-social elements, which may endanger human life, property, and public disturbance of serenity and peace."
The order becomes effective immediately.
On July 30, the authorities in Mizoram's Kolasib district declared the interstate border a no-fly zone.
In July 26, a battle between police forces from the two states on the disputed border area killed seven persons – six Assam Police employees and one civilian – and injured over 50 others, prompting the central government to act.
According to the Cachar district magistrate's decision, flying drones and other Unidentified Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will be absolutely restricted in border regions within the Sonai Revenue Circle.
Any action by the government, business sector, or military with drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the airspace inside the location is prohibited without specific permission from the district magistrate of Cachar, according to the statement.
Meanwhile, officials maintained that the situation along the Assam-Mizoram border remained quiet, with central forces patrolling the border and police forces remaining within their respective states.
The economic blockade imposed by a few organisations in Assam's border areas has been removed, but vehicles transporting commodities remain stalled along the National Highway 306 heading to the neighbouring state, fearing a lack of proper protection.
Meanwhile, two Assam cabinet ministers, Atul Bora and Ashok Singhal, were due to visit Aizawl on August 5 to resolve the two states' ongoing boundary issue.
The situation appeared to be improving when the chief ministers of both states directed that the cases filed against officials from the other state be dropped.