Temple row between Tripura and Mizoram intensifies

Agartala, Oct 16, 2020, ENEWSTIME Desk

Fresh dispute between Tripura and neighbouring Mizoram emerged relating to a proposed temple at Phuldengsei, a disputed territory along Tripura and Mizoram border, after Mizoram imposes section 144 in the region. The move, many believe, is an attempt to stake claim over the territory that still requires an approval from the survey India authority.

The Mizos living in the Jampui hills have already called a 48 hours strike in the regions protesting against construction of proposed Temple at Phuldengsei. The strike is slated to be observed on October 19 and 20 next. 

Mizoram district magistrate of Mamit district Dr. Lalrozama imposed section 144 CrPC in the Phuldengsei and prohibited gathering of more than four people in the area to thwart the attempts of constructing the temple. The order claimed the disputed area under the territory of Mizoram and implicated a religious organization of breaching the borders. 

“One organization namely, Songrongma of Tripura had intended to construct a Shiv Mandir at Thaidawr Tiang which is located within the Mamit District, Mizoram '' the order reads. 

Soon after that the order copy was widely circulated in the social media inviting repercussions from various quarters of the society. “This has been planned without the permission of the Govt. of Mizoram and is against the interest of local community and could harm peace and tranquility in the region. And, now, whereas I am also of the opinion that it is necessary to prohibit people from assembling in groups to prevent any untoward incident which is likely to disrupt or adversely effect peace and tranquility in the region”, the order further added. 

“And whereas, I am satisfied that there are sufficient grounds for drawing a proceedings under section 144 CrPC(Act of 1973) I hereby prohibit any assembly of five or more persons in the village and surrounding areas of Phuldengsei Zampui and Zomuaniang, Mamit district, Mizoram. The order shall come into force from 16th October, 2020 and shall remain in force until further orders”, the order further reads.