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Assam Rifles alleges harassment by Mizoram govt

First Published: 6th April, 2024 13:20 IST

The Assam Rifles urged the state government to take immediate and decisive action to resolve the matter as soon as possible.

The Assam Rifles in Mizoram has issued a statement alleging stoppage of water supply by the State Water Department since March 25 to its KLP Zokhawsang camp in Aizawl.

In a letter sent to the Home Commissioner of Mizoram, the Assam Rifles alleged that “Water supply to the Assam Rifles has been stopped despite the assurance given by the PHE Minister of Mizoram. As a Border Guarding Force and concerned citizens, this situation is unacceptable and demands immediate action to rectify the issue.”

“With reference to disconnection of water supply at Zokhawsang, it is intermittently stop from 25 March 2024 to 01 April 2024 and completely stop from 02 April 2024”, the letter stated.

The letter further stated that Deputy Commander Anand Kanwar had earlier met PHE minister Lalni-lawma on April 2nd and requested him to allow continuation of uninterrupted water supply at Zokhawsang till a new meter is procured on allotment of fund. However despite the assurances, the situation on ground remains unchanged.

The letter further highlighted, “The Assam Rifles, being a vital institution responsible for maintaining peace and security in Aizawl, cannot afford to operate without basic amenities like water. Sr Executive Engr also brought out the point raised by Assam Rifles during Chief Minister’s visit at Zokhawsang regarding inadequate water and electricity supply, which remains unresolved by the state govt. There are around 200 troops and 09 families accommodated in Zokhawsang. Moreover, around 27 students & 13 staff from all over state are also accommodated as part of project “Sentinal” Centre of Educational Excellence, skilling and wellness in collaboration with NEIDO, a programme undertaken by the Assam Rifles for the welfare of underprivileged students of Mizoram.”

They stated in the statement that the lack of water not only hampers the day-to-day operations of the Assam Rifles but also poses a threat to the health and well-being of the personnel stationed there.
The Assam Rifles urged the state government to take immediate and decisive action to resolve the matter as soon as possible.

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