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Assam Govt Issues travel advisory; urges its people to avoid travelling to Mizoram

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Guwahati: Days after skirmishes on the inter-state border which left six Assam Police personnel dead and dozens of others injured, the Assam government on Thursday issued a travel advisory, asking people of the state not to travel to Mizoram.

The travel advisory, signed by Assam Home Secretary M S Manivannan, says: “Given the prevailing situation, the people of Assam are advised not to travel to Mizoram as any threat to personal safety of people of Assam cannot be accepted.”

The advisory further stated, “Even after this incident, certain Mizo civil society/students and youth organisations are constantly issuing provocative statements against Assam and its people…” the government said. “It has been reliably learnt from video footage available with the Assam Police that many civilians are heavily armed with automatic weapons. As such, to ensure the safety and security of the people of Assam, a travel advisory is hereby issued.”

The Assam government advised the people from the state who are working in Mizoram to exercise utmost caution. The government said it would thoroughly check every vehicle that enters Assam from Mizoram. “In order to check the trafficking of illicit drugs, it is necessary to check all vehicles entering Assam from Mizoram. Such vehicles will be thoroughly checked by Assam Police.

These vehicles shall be released only after due satisfaction of an officer, not below the rank of Sub-Inspector, that no illicit drugs are present,” the order reads. Meanwhile, an economic blockade imposed on Mizoram by Assam-based organisation continued, prompting the Mizoram govt to seek Centre’s intervention.

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