Days after they summoned each other’s officials over the ugly border clashes in which six Assam Police personnel were killed, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Sunday asserted that border disputes can only be solved through discussion.
Zoramthanga took to Twitter to inform that he spoke to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the border row and expressed his desire to resolve the border dispute amicably.
He also requested the people of Mizoram to avoid posting "sensitive messages and make judicious use of their social media platform".
Hours after Zoramthanga’s statement, Sarma said that the main focus was on “keeping the spirit of Northeast alive”.
Sarma said that what happened along the Assam-Mizoram border on July 26 is unacceptable to the people of both the Northeastern States. He added that the main focus is to keep the spirit of the Northeast alive.
"Our main focus is on keeping the spirit of 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 and Mizoram refused to honour the summons. The deadlock is adding to tensions between the two states," Sarma wrote on Twitter. It was retweeted by Zoramtnanga.
Mizoram Chief Minister is under isolation after he came in contact with a Covid-19 positive person.
The development comes after two days after the Mizoram Police an FIR against Sarma, four police officers and two bureaucrats on charges of attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy in connection with the clashes at the inter-state border.
Sarma had said he would join the probe but asked Zoramthanga why the investigation was not handled by a neutral probe agency. Assam Chief Minister also said that he will move Supreme Court but will not allow the police officers and two bureaucrats to be investigated.
The border dispute is going on for decades but the clash flared up over an alleged construction by Mizoram in the disputed 198-square-mile stretch on the inter-state border - Lailapur in Cachar district of southern Assam and Vairengte in Kolasib district of northern Mizoram.
The Mizoram government on Sunday said it was ready to relook at the FIR filed against Sarma.