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Assam-Mizoram border dispute LIVE Updates: Himanta asks cops to withdraw cases against Mizoram officials

Assam-Mizoram Border Dispute Live News Updates: Earlier on Monday, Zoramthanga said he had directed Mizoram Police to withdraw the FIR registered against Assam officials in connection with the July 26 clashes.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 3, 2021 12:58:35 pm
Security personnel stand guard outside the Mizoram house in Guwahati. (PTI)

After Mizoram CM Zoramthanga on Monday said that he has asked cops in the state to withdraw FIR against Assam officials, his Assam counter Himanta Biswa Sarma said he would reciprocate the gesture by asking Assam Police to withdraw cases against the Kolasib DC and Vairengte SDPO.

“I learn that Honble CM @ZoramthangaCM has asked @mizorampolice to withdraw FIR dt 26.7.21 against our officers. I heartily reciprocate this positive gesture and ask @assampolice to withdraw cases against DC Kolasib and SDPO Virengte,” Sarma tweeted.

Zoramthanga had earlier directed Mizoram Police to withdraw FIRs dated July 26, filed at Vairengte in Kolasib district, against all the accused persons, including six Assam officers and 200 police personnel, in connection with the Assam-Mizoram border clash. He tweeted, “In order to build a conducive atmosphere for amicable solution to the #MizoramAssamBorder 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.”

This comes after the two states sought to dial down the tensions between their people and security personnel. While the Mizoram government had earlier said it would withdraw the FIR filed against Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Assam CM tweeted on Monday that he has directed the Police to withdraw the FIR against K Vanlalvena, the Rajya Sabha MP from Mizoram who had allegedly made “threatening statements” about the border violence issue.

These developments come after Union Home Minister Amit Shah had a telephonic discussion with Sarma and Mizoram CM Zoramthanga towards a peaceful resolution of the border differences. After the talks, Zoramthanga said in a tweet: “…in order to prevent any possible escalation of the situation, I request the people of Mizoram to avoid posting sensitive messages and make judicious use of their social media platform.”

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Assam to drop cases against Mizoram officials; Zoramthanga asks cops to withdraw FIR against Assam officials; Union Home Minister Amit Shah steps in to ease tensions; Follow latest updates here:

12:58 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Further de-escalation at the border: Mizoram to withdraw FIR against Assam officers

In what can be seen as further de-escalation of tension at the Assam-Mizoram border, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga Monday said he had directed the police to withdraw the FIR registered against Assam officials in connection with the July 26 clashes.

The step comes a day after both the chief ministers sought to dial down the tensions at the border after talks with Union Home Minister Amit Shah. On Sunday, Mizoram government had said it was dropping Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s name from the FIR registered on July 26, following which Sarma announced that he had directed the police to withdraw the case against the K Vanlalvena, Rajya Sabha MP from Mizoram, who had been booked in connection with a media interview he had given. (Read Tora Agarwala's report)

11:16 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Himanta Biswa Sarma: ‘If people saw CM sit back, things would have gone bad in Assam’

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told Liz Mathew that the “healing process is on” between his state and Mizoram — after the bloody clashes along the border — with the Centre’s “cooperation”, but a permanent solution can be found only by the Supreme Court. (Read our Exclusive interview)

10:26 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Permanent solution to Assam-Mizoram border row will be from Supreme Court: Himanta Biswa Sarma

With the Centre prodding the Assam and Mizoram governments to dial down tensions after almost a week of the standoff at the border, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that while the “healing process is on”, a long-term solution to the “complex” issue is in the hands of the Supreme Court.

“If the Supreme Court can look into the history, various governments’ administrative decisions and decide the boundaries, Assam has no issue… A permanent solution, I think, will be from the Supreme Court of India. If it takes decisions… the issue will be resolved permanently,” Sarma said in an interview to The Indian Express. (Read Liz Mathew's report)

22:27 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Cong inciting people by politicising Assam-Mizoram border dispute: J P Nadda

BJP president J P Nadda Monday accused the Congress of "inciting" people and harming social fabric by allegedly politicising the border row involving Assam and Mizoram.

He hit out at the Congress citing a memorandum submitted by BJP MPs from the northeast region to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The BJP MPs have alleged in the memorandum that foreign forces were fuelling fire in the region. They have also accused the Opposition Congress of "politicising" the sensitive issue.

Nadda alleged the Congress has a history of vitiating atmosphere for political gains but it will not succeed with Modi at the helm.

"The Modi government has written a new chapter of development in the northeast region. Every state of the region is our inseparable part. We are dedicated to everyone's development and respect," he said. (PTI)

22:25 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Akhil Gogoi demands inter-state border policy by Assam

Assam Independent MLA Akhil Gogoi Monday demanded an inter-state border policy in Assam and requested Speaker Biswajit Daimary to take initiative in this regard during the ongoing budget session.

Gogoi was part of the all-party Assembly delegation led by Daimary that had visited troubled Lailapur in Cachar district, where seven persons, including six Assam Police personnel, were killed in an unprecedented deadly gun fight between police forces of the state and Mizoram.

"There is an urgent need for an inter-state border policy to manage our boundaries with the neighbouring states. I request the Assembly Speaker to take the initiative in preparing the policy during the ongoing session," Gogoi said at a press conference here. (PTI)

22:24 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Two Assam ministers to visit Mizoram for discussion on border dispute

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Monday that two state ministers - Atul Bora and Ashok Singhal - will visit Aizawl on August 5 to hold a dialogue on the long-standing border dispute with Mizoram. (PTI)

22:22 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Chandra Mohan Patowary visits houses of cops who sustained bullet injuries

Assam minister Chandra Mohan Patowary visits Assam Police Battalion personel CN Jahirul Islam and CN Shivacharya Narzary who sustained bullet injuries during the border clashes

21:10 (IST)02 Aug 2021
To reciprocate Zoramthanga's 'positive gesture', Assam to withdraw cases against two Mizoram officials: Himanta

After Mizoram CM Zoramthanga on Monday said that he has asked cops in the state to withdraw FIR against Assam officials, his Assam counter Himanta Biswa Sarma said he would reciprocate the gesture by asking Assam Police to withdraw cases against the Kolasib DC and Vairengte SDPO.

“I learn that Honble CM @ZoramthangaCM has asked @mizorampolice to withdraw FIR dt 26.7.21 against our officers. I heartily reciprocate this positive gesture and ask @assampolice to withdraw cases against DC Kolasib and SDPO Virengte,” Sarma tweeted.

21:00 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Medical supplies not entering state due to 'blockade' in Assam: Mizoram minister to Centre

Alleging that medical supplies, including Covid-19 test kits, were being blocked from entering the state from neighbouring Assam due to the imposition of a "blockade" there, Mizoram Health Minister Dr R Lalthangliana on Monday wrote to the Centre urging it to intervene for lifting the purported restriction.

Lalthangliana levelled a similar allegation on Sunday, while the authorities in Assam rejected the claim contending that no blockade had been imposed. A police officer in Vairengte, the gateway to Mizoram along National Highway-306, told PTI that no vehicle has entered the state from Assam since July 26 when a border clash between police forces of the two North-eastern neighbours left seven people dead and 50 others injured.

NH-306 connects Mizoram to the rest of the country and most supplies come to the state via the highway.

"I have come to learn with dismay that essential medical supplies including Covid-19 test kits are blocked from entering our state due to the imposition of blockade in the Barak Valley region. "This has severely affected the availability of medicines required by patients who are now in critical conditions and by those severely affected with Covid-19," Lalthangliana said in a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

Claiming that even oxygen cylinders, oxygen plant materials, and Covid-19 test kits have not been allowed to enter Mizoram, he said that the state is currently reeling under its worst Covid-19 surge and it could face an enormous health crisis if medical supplies are blocked for long. (PTI)

19:24 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Mizoram's decision to withdraw FIR against Assam officials marks further de-escalation of border tension

Mizoram’s decision to withdraw FIR against Assam officials marks further de-escalation of tension at the Assam-Mizoram border. The step comes a day after both the chief ministers sought to dial down the tensions at the border after talks with Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Read full report by Tora Agarwala

18:32 (IST)02 Aug 2021
During his meeting with BJP MPs, PM Modi said he doesn't look at NE through prism of politics: Rijiju

During his meeting with BJP MPs, PM Narendra Modi told them that the northeast is very close to his heart and his love for the region is very natural.

Quoting Modi, Rijiju said the prime minister asserted that he doesn't look at the region from the prism of politics.

In the memorandum to Modi, the BJP MPs said that they want to convey to all those elements who view the Assam-Mizoram issue as a means of "spreading chaos in India that their shenanigans will not work".

The BJP MPs said they were extremely pained by the violence that took place on the Assam-Mizoram border. "At the same time, we would like to express our clear disapproval of the attempt by sections of our polity led by the Congress Party to indulge in politics over these happenings and use this as a means to indulge in one-upmanship,” the MPs said in the memorandum.

The MPs underlined that the chief ministers of Assam and Mizoram have expressed the desire to amicably resolve issues. (PTI)

18:17 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Zoramthanga directs Mizoram Police to withdraw FIRs against all accused persons

Mizoram CM Zoramthanga directs Mizoram Police to withdraw FIR dated July 26, filed at Vairengte in Kolasib district, against all the accused persons in connection with the Assam-Mizoram border clash

16:35 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Cong, people from outside the country adding fuel to unrest fire: Kiren Rijiju

Law Minister Kiren Rijiju says, “In our memorandum to PM Modi on the Assam-Mizoram border issue, we've mentioned that the border dispute is old and both the state govts are working towards resolving it. But Congress and other political parties added fuel to the fire.”

He adds, “They're giving provocative statements and inciting people. It has come to be known that there has been interference from outside the country through social media over this issue. We condemn this.” (ANI)

14:34 (IST)02 Aug 2021
BJP MPs from the Northeast meet PM, submit memorandum on issues including Assam-Mizoram border row

BJP MPs from the Northeast have met the Prime Minister and submitted a memorandum on various issues pertaining to the region, including the Assam-Mizoram border row. They have expressed disapproval of attempts by a section of polity led by Congress and using these incidents to indulge in one-upmanship.

14:06 (IST)02 Aug 2021
AAPSU asks Arunachal govt to register protest over illegalities committed by Assam Police

The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has asked the state government to register its protest at the highest level over the alleged illegalities committed by Assam Police and Forest officials in several villages under Kangku circle of Lower Siang district recently. The apex students' body of the state while condemning the alleged unilateral act of Assam officials in destroying standing crops, termed it as an "act of threat and intimidation to the peace-loving people of Arunachal Pradesh".

The AAPSU convened a meeting here on Sunday in connection with the border issues between Assam and its neighbouring states in the aftermath of the Assam-Mizoram border clash as well as alleged destruction of tea plantations and rice fields in Lora village of Kimin under Papum Pare district and Longkhojan village in the Kanubari circle of Longding district of the state. "The deafening silence and meek stand adopted by the state government is sending out a wrong message and instead emboldening its counterpart in carrying out such atrocities to the interstate boundary dwellers," AAPSU president Hawa Bagang and general secretary Tobom Dai said in a joint statement here. (PTI)

13:39 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Home minister trying to find solution to tensions between Assam and Mizoram: K Hari Babu

Amid tensions between Assam and Mizoram over the recent border clash, Mizoram Governor K Hari Babu met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and said the Centre is trying to find a solution to the issue. Meanwhile, BJP MPs from Assam, including Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, are also meeting the prime minister in the afternoon. Babu is scheduled to meet Home Minister Amit Shah later in the afternoon.

Talking to reporters in Parliament after meeting the prime minister, Babu said the incident was "very unfortunate". "The home minister is trying to defuse the tension and he is trying to find the solution. Both chief ministers (of Assam and Mizoram) have committed that peace will be restored," he said. At least six Assam Police personnel and one civilian were killed and more than 50 people injured, including the police chief of the district of Cachar, in a fire-fight between the police of the two states on a disputed stretch of their boundary, near Dholai in Cachar district on July 25. (PTI)

12:06 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Assam always wants to keep the spirit of North East alive: Sarma

Assam Chief Minister Himanata Biswa Sarma, while advocating for peace with Mizoram, said, “I have noted statements in media by CM Zoramthanga wherein he has expressed his desire to settle the border dispute amicably. Assam always wants to keep the spirit of North East alive. We are also committed to ensuring peace along our borders.”

10:59 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Bloodstains on a ‘maati ka tension’

Over the last week, as cavalcades of cars — with TV crews, politicians, security forces — have descended on the border town of Lailapur in Assam, Khudar Ali has looked on quietly.

The border with Mizoram, an expanse of forested slopes that begins roughly a kilometre from his home, has been a flashpoint as far as the 68-year-old, a daily wager, can remember. But July 26 felt especially disturbing. It wasn’t just that six policemen died, and scores were injured, in what was possibly the bloodiest standoff between Assam and Mizoram — or that both sides have hardened their positions since. For Ali, it brought back memories of barely a year ago, when a similar “maati ka tension (tension over land)” had led to the death of his son Intaz. (Read Tora Agarwala's report)

10:10 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Who is K Vanlalvena, the Mizoram MP under fire for ‘threatening statements’ on Assam-Mizo clashes?

Under fire for alleged “threatening statements” about the violence that broke out along his state’s border with Assam this week, Mizoram’s sole Rajya Sabha MP K Vanlalvena has been summoned for questioning by the Assam Police on August 1.

The Assam Police has said it will take “lawful action” against Vanlalvena, who is said to have made threatening statements in question during an interview with news channels. A four-member team of the Assam Police arrived at his home and office, but were unable to find him, PTI reported. The team pasted the notice on his residence. Read more

09:24 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Assam Police withdraws FIR against Mizoram Police, MP K Vanlalvena

GP Singh the Special DGP of Assam Police said the case against Mizoram Police and MP K Vanlalvena has been abated. “This has been done at the instruction of Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma in the interest of de-escalation of the tension along the border. However, criminal proceedings against erring personnel of Mizoram Police and other miscreants shall continue," he added.

At the Lailapur police outpost on the Assam-Mizoram border. (Express photo by Tora Agarwala)

Bloodstains on a ‘maati ka tension’

Over the last week, as cavalcades of cars — with TV crews, politicians, security forces — have descended on the border town of Lailapur in Assam, Khudar Ali has looked on quietly.

The border with Mizoram, an expanse of forested slopes that begins roughly a kilometre from his home, has been a flashpoint as far as the 68-year-old, a daily wager, can remember. But July 26 felt especially disturbing. It wasn’t just that six policemen died, and scores were injured, in what was possibly the bloodiest standoff between Assam and Mizoram — or that both sides have hardened their positions since. For Ali, it brought back memories of barely a year ago, when a similar “maati ka tension (tension over land)” had led to the death of his son Intaz.

Northeast CMs dial down tensions

For the first time since the clashes along the Assam-Mizoram border almost a week ago, Chief Ministers of the two states on Sunday sought to dial down the tensions between their people and security personnel.

In what can be seen as a first step towards de-escalation, the Mizoram government said it would withdraw the FIR filed against Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on July 30.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah too had a telephonic discussion with Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma and Mizoram CM Zoramthanga towards a peaceful resolution of the border differences. After the talks, Zoramthanga said in a tweet: “…in order to prevent any possible escalation of the situation, I request the people of Mizoram to avoid posting sensitive messages and make judicious use of their social media platform.”

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