The Assam-Mizoram boundary dispute, in which six Assam Police personnel and a civilian were killed in firing and clashes on Monday, July 26, has now become a full-blown crisis. On Friday, Assam summoned six officials of Mizoram’s Kolasib district and sent police after the state’s lone Rajya Sabha MP. The Assam Police has summoned MP K Venlalvena on August 1 for questioning over his alleged “threatening statement” in connection with the Monday violence along the interstate border.
On the other hand, cases have been filed against Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, four senior officers of the state police, and two more officials in connection with violent clashes. Several charges have been filed against them, including attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy, Mizoram Inspector General of Police (Headquarter) John Neihlaia told PTI.
The four senior Assam Police officers named in the FIR are Inspector General of Police (IGP) Anurag Aggarwal, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Cachar Devojyoti Mukherjee, Cachar Superintendent of Police Chandrakant Nimbalkar, and officer in-charge of Dholai police station, Sahab Uddin. Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli and Cachar Divisional Forest Officer Sunnydeo Chaudhary have also been booked under the same charges. Besides, cases were also registered against 200 unidentified Assam Police personnel, Neihlaia.
The Assam Police on the other hand has said that it will take “lawful action” against Vanlalvena who had allegedly made a threatening statement over the border clash in which five policemen and a civilian were killed. According to reports, a team of Assam Police CID, which has arrived in Delhi, visited Vanlalvena’s residence and the Mizoram House looking for him without any success.
The Resident Commissioner of Mizoram reportedly refused to receive any notice served on Vanlalvena to join the Assam Police investigation, so the CID team pasted a notice on his residence that said, “It has come to light that you have given a threatening statement in media targeting civil and police officials in connection with the incident which is a subject matter of investigation. Therefore, there are reasonable grounds to question you to ascertain facts and circumstances from you.” The Mizoram MP has been asked to appear before the Officer-In-Charge of the Dholai police station in Assam’s Cachar district at 11 am on August 1 without fail.
Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), a Mizo student body, has accused the Assam government of “threatening” Vanlalvena, who is a former president of the organisation. “He has been conspired, blamed and charged against different criminal cases in connection with the Assam-Mizoram border conflict. Any problem should not happen to him. This is also information to Himanta Biswa Sarma, the CM of Assam,” the MZP said in a written statement.
Speaking outside Parliament on Wednesday, July 28, Vanlalvena reportedly said, “More than 200 policemen entered our territory and they pushed back our policemen from our own posts and they gave firing orders first, before we fired. They are lucky that we didn’t kill them all. If they come again, we shall kill them all.”