- Dispute will be solved via dialogue, says Mizoram CM Zoramthanga
Aizawl: Amid rising tension between Assam and Mizoram, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had a telephonic discussion with the chief ministers of both the north-eastern states. Following the discussion, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga said that the border dispute would be solved amicably through dialogue.
He also appealed to people to avoid escalation of the situation.
“As per telephonic discussion with Union Home Minister and Assam Chief Minister, we agreed to resolve the Mizoram-Assam border issue amicably through meaningful dialogue,” Zoramthanga said in his tweet on Sunday. “In the meantime, 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,” he added in his tweet.
According to sources, a fresh rounds of negotiations between the two states has already begun.
“Our main focus is on keeping the spirit of the North-East alive. What happened along the Assam-Mizoram border is unacceptable to the people of both states. Honble CM @ZoramthangaCM had promised to call me post his quarantine. Border disputes can only be resolved through discussion,” Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted.
In the aftermath of the deaths and injuries during the violent clashes at the Assam-Mizoram border on July 26, an FIR for attempt to murder had been registered against Himanta Biswa Sarma and six others.
While offering full cooperation in the probe, the Assam CM had demanded to know why a neutral agency had not been appointed to carry out the investigation.
According to sources, Mizoram government may drop this case against him.
The central forces have been deployed in the conflict area and no officer or personnel will be allowed to carry arms in the area, the sources said, adding that both the states have been asked to restore movement of essential items and services.
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