Lal Thanhawla asked Singh to intervene for resumption of boundary at the earliest, press advisor to the chief minister L.R. Sailo said. According to her, as she was reporting, members of a Mizo students' body clashed with the Assam Police.
Sources in the home ministry said the Assam-Mizoram boundary conflict can be traced back to the British days when the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation was enacted in 1872 and amended by Assam chief secretary W.S. Cosgrave in 1933 to ward off movements and incursions by the Lushai and Kuki tribals into the undivided Cachar district.
At the directive of Khan, senior civil and police officials have fanned out to different areas falling under Jamira police outpost and Ramnathpur police station close to the Assam-Mizoram interstate border to instill confidence among the people.
Mizoram Chief Secretary Arvind Ray likewise reached his Assam partner V K Pipersenia and both the sides consented to hold chats on the outskirt question, it said.
A journalist working for News18 Assam-North East was beaten up by the Assam Police near the Mizoram-Assam border on Saturday, the news channel reported.
"The home ministry is serious about resolving the dispute through amicable discussions and, if need be, the two chief ministers of the respective states will also be called for a dialogue", Garg said.
On Monday, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), an influential students' body, and other organisations held statewide protests demanding resignation of the Congress government for allegedly failing to protect Mizoram's territory and students.
The Thadou Students' Association, General Headquarters (TSA-GHQ) and TSA Mizoram Branch vehemently condemn the barbaric act of Assam Police who mindlessly carried out a reign of terror upon innocent Mizo youths at Zophai, Bairabi in Kolasib District, Mizoram and Mizoram media persons who were there to cover the incident.
The situation along the Assam-Mizoram border turned violent after Assam police resorted to lathi-charge to control some protesting students. The administration of Assam's Hailakandi district, bordering Mizoram, had on March 7 clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPc with immediate effect in certain areas apprehending encroachment attempts from the other side.