Guhwati: Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Chief Minister of Assam took to his Twitter to share an alleged video of policemen from Mizoram celebrating after killing 5 policemen from Mizoram. He claimed that it was “sad and horrific”
After killing 5 Assam police personnel and injuring many , this is how Mizoram police and goons are celebrating.- sad and horrific pic.twitter.com/fBwvGIOQWr
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) July 26, 2021
At least five Assam Police personnel were killed while defending the “constitutional boundary” of the state with Mizoram. According to reports, 50 other officials of the Assam Police were injured and admitted to Silchar Medical College after the clashes escalated along the inter-state border in Cachar district.
Earlier, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had claimed six police personnel were killed in action, but later revised the figure just before midnight saying that five state police personnel died while more than 50 people were injured. Meanwhile, Assam Home Minister Lalchamliana claimed that around 200 Assam armed Police led by IGP, Assam came to Vairengte Auto-rickshaw stand forcibly crossed duty post manned by CRPF personnel stationed there and overran a duty post manned by Mizoram police.
The long-standing dispute has its origin in a notification of 1875 issued during the British era that differentiated Lushai Hills from the plains of Cachar, and another of 1933 that demarcates a boundary between Lushai Hills and Manipur. Mizoram insists the inter-state boundary should be demarcated on the basis of the 1875 notification, a corollary to the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR) Act, 1873. Mizoram leaders have been arguing against the demarcation notified in 1933 claiming Mizo society was not consulted, while Assam wants that notification to be enforced.
Tension reportedly flared up again on Sunday when the huts of eight Mizo farmers were allegedly set ablaze near Aitlang stream in the trouble-torn area, DIG (Northern Range) Lalbiakthanga Khiangte, told PTI. All these huts belonged to farmers from Vairengte, the village closest to the Assam border, and were uninhabited.