Tension continues at Assam-Mizoram front

 With the recent round of violence in border conflict between Mizoram and the tension continues.According to a top official in Mizoram, the "illegal" economic blockade of National Highway-306, purportedly imposed by certain organisations in Assam's Cachar district, completed its 12th day on Friday.

Despite the Himanta Biswa Sarma government's revocation of the travel advisory, Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo told reporters that no vehicle has arrived from Assam.On July 26, a simmering border dispute between the two northeastern states erupted into a bloodbath, killing seven people: six Assam Police officers and a civilian.

Following that, the Assam government issued an advice advising people to stay away from Mizoram. Following talks between the two sides, it was revoked on Thursday.

According to Chuaungo, the Mizoram administration is in "continuous contact" with the Assam government, which has vowed to take the required procedures to reopen NH-306.

"Despite the lifting of the travel advisory, no vehicles carrying goods or passengers are entering Mizoram from Assam. The government maintains frequent contact with the federal government and the state of Assam. I also spoke with Assam's chief secretary, who promised that steps will be done to unblock the route "he stated

Railway tracks linked to Mizoram were allegedly destroyed at at least three locations in Assam's Hailakandi district, according to Mizoram officials. According to them, the "unofficial" embargo has suffocated all supplies, including medical shipments and COVID-19 equipment.

More than 30 persons, including non-tribals, are currently stranded in Silchar's Mizoram home due to the blockade, according to Lalruatkima, Mizoram's communication and public relations minister.

He claims that some Mizoram residents are also stranded in Guwahati.

When contacted by phone, Cachar SP Ramandeep Kaur told PTI that the Assam administration had been pushing people to visit Mizoram, but many were hesitant "fearing retaliation."

"The administration encouraged tourists to visit Mizoram even before the advisory was withdrawn. Some of them appear to be hesitant because they are afraid of being attacked "she explained.