Assam has officially denied any blockade, but several non-state actors have been transporting trucks at the Mizoram entry point. disturbed

The government of Mizoram is now trying to get oil, cooking gas, rice and other items from Tripura and Manipur. to get

Ongoing border conflict with Assam is impacting Mizoram government’s mass COVID testing amid a surge in infections. The supply of essential goods was also interrupted because Assam imposed an “unofficial economic blockade”.

At least 60 trucks carrying liquefied petroleum gas, diesel, fuel and other essential goods have also been stranded.

Mizoram-bound trucks carrying around two Lakh Rapid Antigen kits were stranded due to an “indefinite economic blockade” enforced by several civil organizations in Assam following the July 26th shooting between the two states’ police forces. Five Assam police officers and one civilian were killed and over 40 injured in the clash.

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Sources said that in addition to vehicles with test kits, two trucks and a pickup van with oxygen concentrators were stranded on National Highway-306, which is believed to be Mizoram’s lifeline.

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Several Assam non-state actors continue their blockade at Mizoram’s entry point, Lailapur in Cachar district, the epicenter of Monday’s clash, even three days after the Mizoram government requested the center’s intervention.

“The National Highway-306 is the main link for the flow of vital goods and supplies into the state and that the blockade is affecting the livelihoods of Mizos, even during the pandemic,” Mizoram’s Interior Minister Lalbiaksangi said in a letter to Union Interior Minister Ajay Kumar Bhalla on Nov. . July.

However, the Assam government insists that there is no blockade.

Cachar police district captain Ramandeep Kaur said truckers, vehicle owners, drivers and grain dealers had stopped traffic to Mizoram for fear of safety.

The Mizoram Chemists and Druggists Association (MCDA) has accused the Assam government of ordering transport companies not to book shipments destined for Mizoram on the pretext of safety concerns. MCDA General Secretary LH Sailo claimed the verbal instruction was given to the carriers who prevented them from sending goods to Mizoram on Thursday.

Amid allegations and counterclaims, officials said if the state did not receive the new shipment of test kits within two days, the Covid screening action would be in serious trouble.

“In many locations of the Aizawl Municipal Corporation, a mass test for Covid-19 is running. The screening process will be hampered if rapid antigen test kits don’t reach us right away, ”a source said.

Sailo nods in agreement. “Even life-saving drugs are being stopped by Assam amid the pandemic. This would lead to a serious situation in our country with far-reaching consequences and ramifications, ”he said.

According to the center, Mizoram is one of the 10 states in which the Covid-19 situation is alarming. The state’s total lockdown was extended for an additional seven days on Saturday (July 31) after recording 893 positive cases with a positivity rate of 9.29 percent.

Officials in Mizoram said the state’s efforts to step up testing through mass screening are now at risk due to the Assam government’s failure to cooperate in lifting the “economic blockade”.

According to sources, around 60 trucks carrying liquefied petroleum gas, diesel, fuel and other essentials have also been stranded.

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Since railroad tracks were damaged by villains in the Hailakandi district of Assam, 21 wagons with sacks of rice to Mizoram are also stuck.

Meanwhile, the Mizoram government is trying to source oil, cooking gas, rice and other items from Tripura and Manipur, said Minister of Food, Civil Utilities and Consumer Affairs of the state K. Lalrinliana.

Moving goods via Manipur and Tripura would drive prices up sharply as the cost of transporting goods to move over these longer routes would almost double, if not more, said Lalbiaksanga, an Aizawl-based trader.