Assam-Mizoram border dispute Highlights: Mizoram Health Minister R Lalthangliana on Sunday claim that medical supplies, including COVID-19 test kits, were being blocked from entering the state from Assam due to the imposition of blockade in the Barak Valley region following the border dispute. Assam, however, said that no organisation is currently staging any blockade in the state. Mizoram is currently battling the second Covid wave and is one of the most affected states in the country.
Addressing the Assam-Mizo border dispute, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said he will be going to the Supreme Court to resolve the issue but would not allow his officers to be investigated. “I’m happy if filing an FIR against me resolves the issue, I’ll go and appear before any police station. But I will not allow our officers to be investigated,” he told ANI.
The violent clash that took place along the Assam-Mizoram border, in which six police officers were killed and scores more were injured, was “unacceptable” Sarma said. He added that Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga promised to call him after exiting quarantine. “Border disputes can only be resolved through discussion,” he said.
A day after they summoned each other’s officials over the July 26 border incident in which six Assam Police personnel were killed in firing and clashes, Assam and Mizoram refused to honour the summons. The deadlock is adding to tensions between the two states.
Meanwhile, officials in Mizoram on Saturday said that no vehicle has entered the state from Assam since the clash at the border despite the neighbouring state’s assertion that the “economic blockade” staged by several groups on National Highway 306 has been lifted.
While Assam-Mizoram border stayed quiet, Guwahati moved in to defuse tensions with some of its northeastern neighbours like Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh to ensure tranquility along the interstate boundaries, officials told PTI.