An FIR has been filed against Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma and six other top officials in Mizoram. Read on to know all the latest in Assam-Mizoram border dispute.
he Mizoram Police has booked Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on charges of attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy over the recent clashes at the interstate border on July 26
Alongwith the chief minister, four senior Assam police officials, two bureacrats and 200 unidentified Assam Police personnel have been named in the FIR accesed by India Today TV.
In the FIR filed by a Mizoram Police inspector dated on July 26, stated the accused have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Arms Act and Mizoram Containment and Prevention of Covid-19 Act 2020.
In the complaint, Mizoram police has accused a team of “200 fully armed” Assam Police personnel led by its IGP of intimidating its own team of 20 officers and attempting to “forcefully occupy” their police camp calling it an encroachment of reserve forest.
“The Mizoram Police were outnumbered and their actions to defend their camp were in vain. Upon learning of this incident, SP Kolasib and party immediately rushed to the area and tried their level best to have an amicable dialogue with Assam Police, but they were not ready to listen to sane argument and instead forcefully informed SP Kolasib that the area falls within Assam territory and they intended to construct a camp as per the instruction of Chief Minister, Assam himself,” the FIR states.
It further states that the Assam Police team had arrived at the spot with tents and other materials accompanied by 20 vehicles with the sole aim of constructing a camp by forcibly occupying the Mizoram BOP.
They fired first’: Mizoram CM Zoramthanga counters Assam CM’s claim
Countering Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s claim on border clash, Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga on Friday said it was the Assam Police who had fired first.
Mizoram CM Zoramthanga said: “Assam Police fired first. We didn’t. Spoke to Himanta and Shah. We want peaceful solution. Himanta said he wants peaceful solution. If needed, we will have a second round of discussions with all CMs.”
Assam and Mizoram have been engaged in an ugly border row. Seven people were killed and 50 others, including an SP, injured in an exchange of fire between the police forces of Assam and Mizoram along their inter-state border.
Mizoram border now a ‘no flying’ zone for drones
Amid the ongoing border dispute with Assam, the Kolasib district administration in Mizoram has declared a number of areas as ‘no flying’ zones for drones. The areas affected by this order include Vairengte and Aitlang.
In an order on Friday, the Kolasib district administration said that even the Army will have to seek the permission of the district magistrate to operate drones in the areas in question.
Six companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed along the Assam-Mizoram to monitor the situation. According to reports, CRPF troops have started patrolling National Highway 306 between the two states.
Assam Police serves notice to Mizoram officials
The Assam Police has served a notice to Mizoram Police, asking it to join a probe into the July 26 border clash that left five policemen and a civilian dead. A notice in this regard by the Cachar Police in Assam mentions six officers of the Mizoram Police.
The officers mentioned in the notice include the deputy commissioner of police (DCP), superintendent of police (SP), deputy SP and additional SP of Kolasib, along with the sub-divisional officer (civil), additional SP and sub-divisional officer of Vairengte.
In its notice, the Assam Police has asked officials from Mizoram to join the probe on August 2 at Cachar.
This development comes hours after the Assam Police issued a notice to Rajya Sabha MP Vanlalvena over ‘threatening’ remarks he made outside Parliament on Wednesday.
The MP from Mizoram has been asked to appear at the Dholai police station in Assam’s Cachar district at 11 am on August 1 “without fail”.
Mizoram slams Assam govt order on mandatory checking of incoming vehicles
The Mizoram government on Friday slammed the Himanta Biswa Sarma government in Assam over its recent order enforcing mandatory checking of all vehicles entering Assam from the neighbouring state.
Terming the decision as “needless and unconstitutional”, the Mizoram home department in a statement said the step would only create “unnecessary problems and hardships for the innocent citizens of the country” travelling to Assam from Mizoram.
“There have been instances of seizure of vehicles and arrest of persons carrying illicit drugs coming over from Assam to Mizoram but mandatory checking of every vehicle passing through Assam-Mizoram boundary had never been initiated by the Government of Mizoram,” the statement added.
Describing the latest decision by the Assam administration as “another way of creating opportunity to harass all vehicles and passengers from Mizoram by Assam police”, the Mizoram government pointed out that there was no such restrictions on the movement of non-residents of Mizoram travelling within Mizoram.