Mizoram Deputy Chief Minister Tawnluia, on May 25, informed Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla that the Assam Rifles had cited problems with regards to the relocation of their headquarters out of Aizawl and suggested that a meeting convened by the Ministry of Home Affairs be held in Aizawl to sort out the problem.
In his response, the Union home secretary assured the state government that all the procedure to relocate Assam Rifles battalion headquarters from the heart of Aizawl to Zokhawsang is complete and a meeting to discuss the matter should be held in the month of June without any further delay.
In a meeting held at Bhalla’s office in New Delhi, the deputy chief minister also apprised Bhalla that all the infrastructure has been completed by the contractor Engineering Projects India Limited while the state government had completed all the logistics, including supply of drinking water, power supply lines and the approach roads.
However, the Assam Rifles is delaying the process of moving from Aizawl to the new place, which is about 15 kilometres north of the city, citing some excuse or the other, state home department officials said.
State Home Minister Lalchamliana said that the Assam Rifles had been instructed to vacate the main barrack and the paramilitary forces had been directed to shift their headquarters from Aizawl by May 31, 2019 by the Ministry of Home Affairs, but nothing has happened so far.
Politicians, cutting across party lines, wanted the expeditious shifting of the Assam Rifles battalion headquarters out of Aizawl city due to a number of problems that included alleged molestation of women and confrontations with the local youths as well as the state police personnel.
The Mizo National Front (MNF) government led by late chief minister Laldenga in 1988, had asked the Assam Rifles to shift from Aizawl after 12 civilians were killed in an encounter. The encounter had been the result of an assault of a senior police official by the Assam Rifles jawans.