Silchar (Assam): It is raining heavily and the stretch to Kulichera, another major flashpoint between the two states, where the border outposts of Assam Police and Mizoram Police are located, is covered in mud.
The two posts, barely 50m apart, are separated by a nullah, and it is a situation similar to that of a LoC – police officers eye to eye, with automatic weapons pointed at each other .
A rickety bamboo bridge connects the two posts and all staff have been ordered not to leave posts unattended at any time.
On this frontier that looks like a battle front, tensions between the two states have been simmering for nearly a year. It is in Kulichera, on the Assam-Mizoram border, that the two states claim a five-kilometer stretch of land.
It all started last year in November, when Mizoram disbelievers allegedly bombed a lower primary school, built by the Assam government in 2009, claiming it was built on their land. Then, on July 8, Assam started building a pucca road in the area, leading to the school, claiming the area as their territory, which Mizoram opposed and built a new post in front of the school. .
Indeed, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel deployed in the area anticipated an outbreak at this border and alerted the Interior Ministry just a week before the July 26 clash at the Varaingte-Lailapur border.
ThePrint photo editor Praveen Jain brings you images from another sensitive border area of ââAssam-Mizoram.
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