• Border Row: Mizoram Drops Police Case Against Assam Officials

    Mizoram Police had filed a case against Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, six senior officials and 200 unidentified policemen
    NORTHEAST

    The Government of Mizoram on Monday dropped a case filed against officials of Assam in relation to the July 26 violence on the Assam-Mizoram interstate border. 

    Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga took to Twitter to share the information and said that the initiative was taken to "to build a conducive atmosphere for an amicable solution to the border dispute to reduce the plight of suffering citizens".

    "I have directed @mizorampolice to withdraw FIR dt. 26.07.2021 filed at Vairengte,Kolasib District, Mizoram against all the accused persons," tweeted Zoramthanga. 

    Mizoram Police had filed a case against Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, six senior officials and 200 unidentified policemen, holding them accountable for the July 26 violence on the Assam-Mizoram interstate border. 

    Assam Inspector General of Police Anurag Agarwal, Deputy Inspector General of Police Devojyoti Mukherjee, Cachar District Magistrate Keerthi Jalli, Cachar Superintendent of Police Vaibhav Chandrakant Nimbalkar, Divisional Forest Officer Sunnydeo Choudhury and Dholai police station officer-in-charge Sahab Uddin were named in the FIR.

    However, Mizoram had dropped Sarma's name from the FIR. On the other hand, the Assam Chief Minister also directed to withdraw the FIR against Mizo National Front Rajya Sabha MP K Vanlalvena in connection with the border clash that left six Assam Police personnel and one civilian dead.
    Sarma said that the main focus was on “keeping the spirit of Northeast alive”.

     Zoramthanga on Sunday asserted that border disputes can only be solved through discussion. Mizoram Chief Minister also informed that he spoke to Sarma and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the border row and expressed his desire to resolve the border dispute amicably.

    He has also appealed to the people of Mizoram to prevent any possible escalation of the situation and avoid posting "sensitive messages and make judicious use of their social media platform".

    The border dispute is going on for decades but the clash flared up over an alleged construction by Mizoram in the disputed 198-square-mile stretch on the inter-state border - Lailapur in Cachar district of southern Assam and Vairengte in Kolasib district of northern Mizoram.
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