Guwahati/Aizawl: Six jawans of the Assam Police lost their lives in the border tension between Assam and Mizoram, claimed Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma after fresh violence was reported at the border area on Monday. Union Home Minister Amit Shah dialled Chief Ministers of the states and asked them to resolve the border issue. Both the Chief Ministers – Assam’s Himanta Biswa Sarma and Mizoram’s Zoramthanga – have agreed to resolve the issue and maintain peace. Police forces from both states have returned from the disputed site, news agency ANI reported.Also Read - BJP Ignored Grass-Root Fighters, Gave Rivals Top Positions: TMC’s Babul Supriyo Tears Into Swapan Dasgupta
“I am deeply pained to inform that six brave jawans of @assampolice have sacrificed their lives while defending constitutional boundary of our state at the Assam-Mizoram border. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families,” tweeted the Assam Chief Minister. Also Read - Assam Girl in Shorts Forced to Wrap Curtain Over Legs to Write Entrance Exam, Calls It 'Most Humiliating Experience'
Also Read - Gurajat Cabinet: CM Bhupendra Patel Keeps Home Ministry, Kanubhai Desai Gets Finance | Full List Here
What Mizoram Said About Border Tension
After a war of words between the two chief ministers, Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamliana released a statement. Here’s what he said:
“Around 200 Assam armed Police led by IGP, Assam Police came to Vairengte Auto-rickshaw stand today. They forcibly crossed duty post manned by CRPF personnel stationed there and overran a duty post manned by Mizoram police. On learning of arson committed Assam Police, residents of Vairengte town, proceeded to the site to inquire. Unarmed civilians were assaulted by Assam Police by lathi charging them and firing tear gas, causing injuries to several civilians.
Tear gas grenades were launched at Mizoram Police followed by firing from Assam side. Mizoram Police responded spontaneously by firing back at Assam Police inspite of the fact that SP, Kolasib Dist was inside CRPF duty camp negotiating with Assam Police. Govt of Mizoram desires that the inter-state border issue with Assam be resolved in an atmosphere of peace and understanding.”
What Happened at Assam-Mizoram Border
Earlier today, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga tweeted a video of police trying to stop a clash between two groups and wrote “This needs to be stopped right now”. Assam Police replied on the tweet saying miscreants from Mizoram were pelting stones and attacking the Assam government officials at Lailapur, stationed to prevent encroachment.
“Innocent couple on their way back to Mizoram via Cachar manhandled and ransacked by thugs and goons. How are you going to justify these violent acts?” the Mizoram CM said in another tweet.
Quoting the tweet, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma replied, “Hon’ble CM Zoramthanga Ji, Kolasib (Mizoram) SP is asking us to withdraw from our post until then their civilians won’t listen nor stop violence. How can we run government in such circumstances? Hope you will intervene at earliest (sic).”
The Assam Police has claimed that at least half a dozen of its personnel were injured in Cachar district in stone-pelting by miscreants from Mizoram during the day.
Locals on the Assam side alleged that hundreds of miscreants, armed with sticks, rods and even rifles, attacked personnel of the Assam Police at Lailapur and damaged several vehicles, including those belonging to the office of the Deputy Commissioner. Some also claimed that shots were fired at an Assam Police personnel, but this could not be verified immediately as calls made to several police officers remained unanswered.
Meanwhile, the Mizoram Police said that eight farmers’ huts were set ablaze by unidentified miscreants in the Kolasib district near the Assam border on Sunday night. Mizoram Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Northern Range), Lalbiakthanga Khiangte, told PTI that the incident happened near Aitlang stream in the trouble-torn area around 11.30 pm.
The situation along the Mizoram-Assam border has been on the boil since June-end when Assam Police allegedly took control over an area known as ‘Aitlang hnar’ about 5 km from Vairengte, accusing the neighbouring state of encroaching on its territory.