The development comes after Union Home Minister Amit Shah had a telephonic discussion with both Himanta Biswa Sarma and Zoramthanga to bring about a peaceful resolution of the border differences earlier in the day.
In Mizoram, Home Secretary Lalbiaksangi wrote in a letter to the Centre's Additional Secretary in-charge of Northeast that “armed personnel of Assam Police were moving to Dholai and Hawaithang areas, which are along the interstate border”.
As the Centre stepped in, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said his government would deploy 4,000 commandos along the state’s 165-km boundary with Mizoram, and move the Supreme Court to ensure that the reserve forest in the disputed area is protected and no settlement comes up there.
Fifty-year-old Bhupen Borah is a two-time (2006 and 2011) MLA from the Bihpuria constituency and has held the post of secretary, AICC since 2013. He has also served as the Parliamentary Secretary, Home and Power, in the Assam government.
The surrendered militants — including the outfit's chief M Batha alias Binod Mushahary — were received by the Bodoland Territorial Council chief Pramod Boro, Assam’s Water Resources Minister Pijush Hazarika, Chief Minister’s political advisor Jayanta Malla Baruah and Special DGP (Law and Order) GP Singh.
“We are looking to form a non-opposition government to pursue the Naga political issue at the earliest. All 25 legislators of the NPF will join the ruling alliance,” said NPF general secretary Achumbemo Kikon.
Erendro was detained in May under the National Security Act (NSA), allegedly over his comments on Facebook criticising claims that cow dung and cow urine are effective in preventing or treating Covid-19.
Terming it a “historic day” as it was the first time a woman finance minister was placing the budget in the state Assembly, Sarma said the budget was “welfare oriented”, “pro-poor” and would “greatly strengthen the Covid-ravaged economy of Assam”.
Since Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took over on May 10, at least 23 people have been shot at while in police custody, with five dead. They had been held for crimes such as cattle-smuggling, rape, murder, drug-peddling, dacoity. This is apart from deaths of 10 militants in encounters in the past two months.