Assam Says Vehicles Entering State From Mizoram To Be Checked For Drugs

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Now, Assam Orders Checking Of All Vehicles Entering From Mizoram

Six men of the Assam Police had died in Monday's clash with Mizoram Police

New Delhi:

All vehicles entering Assam from Mizoram will be checked for "illicit drugs", the Assam government said in a notification Thursday, days after six men of the Assam Police were killed in an unprecedented gunfight between the two police forces.

The statement follows earlier advisory where the Assam government advised its people not to travel to Mizoram as any threat to their personal safety cannot be accepted.

The Assam government said that within a span of two months, 912 cases have been registered and 1,560 persons arrested and that it was continuing its "offensive against drug cartels operating from Mizoram and beyond". It urged people to cooperate in the interest of the "Gennext of our country".

"During the drive against illlicit drugs, it has been observed that most of the drugs were routed through Assam via Mizoram from across the border," said the Assam order, adding this "trafficking of illicit drugs via Mizoram causes great concern and threat to society".

Continuing our offensive against drug cartels operating from Mizoram and beyond, we've decided to up the ante. Request people to cooperate in the interest of Gennext of our country. ⁦@assampolice⁩

— GP Singh (@gpsinghips) July 29, 2021

"In order to check trafficking of illicit drugs, it is felt necessary to check all vehicles entering into Assam from Mizoram. Such vehicles will be thoroughly checked by personnel of Assam Police at the point of entry at all Assam-Mizoram borders," said the order.

The vehicles, it said, will be released only after the officer concerned is satisfied that no drugs were carried in them.

The Assam-Mizoram border violence had started on Monday afternoon at the Inner Line Reserve Forest area of Cachar district. Later, each state had accused the local police of the other of intrusion and opening fire without provocation.

The clashes stem from a decades old land dispute between the two states over "improper demarcation of the state border".

Tension along the inter-state border in Cachar and Hailakandi districts has been escalating since October last year, with frequent incidents of burning of houses and encroachment of land.

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