by NEWSNER , 2021-07-30 11:08:55
The Assam government issued an unprecedented travel advisory on Thursday, four days after six Assam police personnel were murdered in violent confrontations near the Assam-Mizoram border, claiming a "danger to personal safety."
Meanwhile, Mizoram has raised concerns about a huge detachment of Assam Police being deployed near the interstate border.
"Given the severe prevailing circumstances, the people of Assam are asked not to travel to Mizoram as any harm to the personal safety of people cannot be accepted," the state's Home and Political Department said in a statement. It also asked Assam residents working in Mizoram to "exercise extreme vigilance."
According to the notice, there have been multiple incidences of violent confrontations in the border area, with the most recent occurrence resulting in an indiscriminate fire on police and people in the Cachar district.
An uncomfortable calm has reigned on the Lailapur (Assam)-Vairengte (Mizoram) border since the fighting, with the Union Home Ministry ordering the deployment of central forces.
Assam issued two additional directives on Thursday, ordering that all vehicles entering the state from Mizoram be inspected for "illicit drugs," as well as asking senior police officers and deputy commissioners in the Cachar and Kamrup (Metro) districts to "ensure the safety and security of people belonging to Mizoram staying at Mizoram Houses in Guwahati and Silchar."
It stated that all Deputy Commissioners and SPs in the state should "ensure the safety and security of all Mizoram residents" within their control.
Several organisations staged protests over the police officers' deaths in front of Mizoram House in Guwahati and Silchar on Thursday.
In the other order, the Assam government stated that vehicles will be searched by police at entry points since "trafficking of illicit substances via Mizoram poses a major concern and threat to the population in general." "These vehicles shall be released only once an official of not less than the rank of Sub-Inspector of Police certifies that no illicit narcotics are carried in the vehicles," it stated.
Image Credits: At Lailapur police outpost on the Assam-Mizoram border. (Express photo by Tora Agarwala)