Assam minister Parimal Suklabaidya Wednesday said the state is considering recommending an NIA investigation into the recent death of a resident in Mizoram custody, an incident that has spiked tensions between the two neighbours amid a simmering border row. He also said residents of Mizoram should not cross over into what is now constitutionally Assam’s territory until the Centre settles the dispute.
Suklabaidya is the legislator from Dholai, an area that has seen clashes between residents of border villages over territorial disputes dating back to colonial times.
The Forest Minister visited the troubled sites along the inter-state border with the state chief secretary and DGP on Tuesday.
“The Central government has been apprised of the problem. Till the Centre settles the boundaries, it is my humble appeal to Mizoram residents that they should remain in their side of the constitutional boundary. Peace has to be maintained at the inter-state border,” Suklabaidya told The Indian Express.
On Monday, a resident of Assam’s Cachar district, Intazul Laskar, died in the custody of Mizoram authorities who claim he is a drug peddler. According to officials in Assam, Laskar was “abducted” from the border by miscreants. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has spoken to Home Minister Amit Shah about Laskar’s death and the border row.
“The incident of an explosion at a school sometime back and Laskar’s death need to be investigated impartially. Therefore, we are considering handing over the investigations to the NIA. The death has the potential to stoke fear amongst the residents of the border villages,” Suklabaidya said.
“Mizoram has said that the deceased was an alleged drug peddler—if drug peddling was happening on that border and Mizoram authorities knew it, then why was it not brought to the notice of the Assam government earlier? Different aspects need to be investigated,” he added.
Suklabaidya claimed that there were certain non-government organisations in Mizoram that were influencing how the administration was reacting to the situation.
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