Mizoram Police Not Yet Vacated Disputed Site: Assam Minister Ashok Singhal
The Mizoram government has not yet removed its police force from the disputed site along the Assam-Mizoram border, alleged Assam Minister Ashok Singhal on Thursday
He also said that he hopes that talks pave the way for a solution.
“The Ministry of Home Affairs had ordered CRPF to be deployed, we have given our post to CRPF but Mizoram government has still not removed its people from the post, which is sad. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that the dispute can be resolved by talks,” Singhal who holds the state’s Housing, Urban Affairs and Irrigation portfolio told ANI.
“It feels like the Mizo people wish to settle the dispute via arms and ammunitions. If it is so, then, this approach itself is wrong. Also, six police officers of Assam Police were martyred during the clash while Mizoram officials continued to shoot LMG (light machine guns) at the disputed site. Peace and harmony between the two states is yet to be attained”, he added.
The minister also said that Mizoram should understand that people of both the states “should live together and move forward together.”
Meanwhile, Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on Wednesday met Chief Secretaries of both the states in an effort to de-escalate the border conflict.
On Monday, the border clash between the two states turned ugly and a fierce gun battle between the forces of the two states resulted in the death of six Assam police personnel and also one civilian.
Around 50 people were injured on that ill-fated day.