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Assam-Mizoram border row: Assam Chief Minister, six senior officials booked by Mizoram Police

Assam and Mizoram have been at odds over a decades-old land dispute over an improper demarcation of the state border.

The Mizoram police on Friday filed a case against Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and other senior officials in connection with the violent clash between Assam and Mizoram police forces on the outskirts of Vairengte town in Kolasib district.

An FIR has been registered against senior officials including Inspector General of Police (IGP) Anurag Aggarwal, Cachar Superintendent of Police Chandrakant Nimbalkar, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Cachar Devojyoti Mukherjee, and officer-in-charge of Dholai police station Sahab Uddin.

The Mizoram police have booked them under Sections 307/120-B/270/325/326 and 353/336/ 334/448/34 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 3 of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR), also Section 3 and 6 of the Mizoram Containment and Prevention of Covid-19 Act and Section 27(1) (a) of the Arms Act. 

The four police officers and two administrative have been asked to appear at Vairengte Police station on Sunday, as said by Mizoram Inspector General of Police (Headquarter) John Neihlaia.

On the same day, Assam Police has also issued summons to six officials of Mizoram’s Kolasib district and sent the police after the state’s lone Rajya Sabha MP. Kolasib Deputy Commissioner H Lalthlangliana, its Superintendent of Police (SP) Vanlalfaka Ralte, Vairangte Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil) C Lalrempuia, Additional SP David JB, 1st Indian Reserve Battalion Additional SP Bruce Kibby and Vairangte Sub-divisional Police Officer Thartea Hrangchal are among those who have been summoned.

Assam and Mizoram have been at odds over a decades-old land dispute over an improper demarcation of the state border. Both the states claim land on the border between Assam’s Cachar and Mizoram’s Kolasib district,  accusing each other of encroachment. The dispute flared up on July 26 over an alleged construction by Mizoram in the disputed 198-square-mile stretch on the inter-state border of Lailapur under Dhalai of Cachar district in southern Assam and Vairengte in Kolasib district of northern Mizoram. Following which clashes broke out between police forces of both states. During which an Assam Police personnel and a civilian were killed and more than 50 people were injured.

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The situation currently in and around the place of clash remains tense, but calm as  Central Reserve Police Force has increased its deployment in these regions, with a total of 500 troops standing between the police forces of Assam and Mizoram.

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