Dispur, July 26: Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday informed that six jawans of Assam Police have lost their lives while defending the constitutional boundary of state at the Assam-Mizoram border.
This came amid tensions between two states over the border dispute.
Expressing condolences, Sarma wrote on Twitter, “I am deeply pained to inform that six brave jawans of Assam Police have sacrificed their lives while defending constitutional boundary of our state at the Assam-Mizoram border. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.”
The border dispute between Assam and Mizoram seems to have been resolved after Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday spoke to Chief Ministers of both states asking them to resolve the crisis, sources said.
Chief Ministers of both the states on Monday engaged in a war of words with each other, tweeting videos of violence while the former urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to intervene in the matter and solve the crisis.
Shah had over the weekend on a two-day visit to Meghalaya held a meeting with chief ministers of all northeast states.
A clip shared by Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga on his Twitter account showed locals clashing with police. “Shri @AmitShah ji….kindly look into the matter. This needs to be stopped right now,” he tweeted.
To this the Assam Police responded that it was unfortunate that miscreants from Mizoram are indulging in stone-pelting and attacked Assam Government Officials, stationed at Lailapur to protect Assam’s land from encroachment.
Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma also responded to Zoramthanga’s post and tweeted by sharing a video clip and said a superintendent of police from Mizoram was asking Assam’s officials to withdraw from their post, failing which civilians from the neighbouring state would not stop the violence. Sarma also sought immediate intervention of Shah and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). “How can we run the government in such circumstances?” Sarma posted on his Twitter handle.