Mizoram accuses Assam police of ‘stealing’

Mizoram has accused the Assam police of “stealing” construction material in Kolasib district which shares the border with the neighbouring state’s Hailakandi. A case has been filed in the matter, officials have said.

The Himanta Biswa Sarma administration has, meanwhile, alleged that the building activity was being carried out in a spot under its jurisdiction.

The incident took place on Friday after the Assam police personnel entered Mizoram’s Zophai area in Kolasib’s Bairabi subdivision, where a bridge is being built, District Deputy Commissioner H Lalthlangliana has informed Rohan Jha, his Hailakandi counterpart.

“Assam police created problems for the workers on the site and even stole some construction materials, including pieces of iron rods…A police case of theft of construction materials has been filed against them at the Bairabi Police Station,” Lalthlangliana has said in a letter written yesterday to Jha. He has also conveyed the information over a phone call, officials said.

The Assam government today alleged that Mizoram officials had entered its territory in Hailakandi and begun constructing a bridge, PTI reported.