Border dispute between Assam and Mizoram turns ugly, six Assam Police personnel killed in firing, says Himanta Biswa Sarma

The border dispute between Assam and Mizoram turned ugly on Monday resulting in the deaths of six Assam Police personnel. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that he was pained by the deaths of six police personnel from his state.

Sarma tweeted, “I am deeply pained to inform that six brave jawans of @assampolice have sacrificed their lives while defending constitutional boundary of our state at the Assam-Mizoram border. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.”

Earlier, Sarma had tweeted saying that he had spoken to his Mizoram counterpart asking both the sides to maintain the status quo at the border. “I have just spoken to Hon’ble Chief Minister @ZoramthangaCM ji.I have reiterated that Assam will maintain status quo and peace between the borders of our state. I have expressed my willingness to visit Aizawl and disscuss these issues if need be.”

The violent clashes at the border comes just days after Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with chief ministers of the northeastern states. Reminding Sarma about the Shah’s meeting with chief ministers, Mizoram CM Zoramthanga said, “Dear Himantaji, after cordial meeting of CMs by Hon’ble Shri @amitshah ji, surprisingly 2 companies of Assam Police with civilians lathicharged & tear gassed civilians at Vairengte Auto Rickshaw stand inside Mizoram today. They even overrun CRPF personnel /Mizoram Police.”

The Mizoram chief minister also alleged that ‘thugs and goons’ had assaulted people returning to their state at the border.

He also urged Shah to immediately intervene to stop the violence. “Shri @AmitShah ji….kindly look into the matter. This needs to be stopped right now,” he had tweeted.

Shah is believed to have asked both the chief ministers to resolve the dispute by talking to each other.

Meanwhile, two companies of the CRPF have reportedly been deployed at the border to ensure violent clashes don’t erupt again.

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