by NEWSNER , 2021-07-28 10:15:42
On July 27, a day after five Assam police officers were killed in a battle on the Assam-Mizoram border, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stressed that Assam will continue to protect its borders and does not believe in retaliation.
The Assam Chief Minister, speaking at a press conference at Cachar Circuit House, said, "Assam does not believe in retaliating against Mizoram by taking up arms and murdering innocent people. We also do not believe in a Mizoram economic embargo. "Not an inch of Assam land will be encroached upon by anyone; people gave their lives to safeguard the boundaries," said the Assam government. This is going to continue," Sarma went on to say.
"During the firing, I called the Mizoram Chief Minister six times (at the Assam-Mizoram border yesterday). He apologised several times and invited me to Aizawl for talks. No one has the right to take even a smidgeon of our land. We're determined to keep our land safe. Police are stationed on the border, "As reported by Sarma.
The CM further stated that the State would file a lawsuit in the Supreme Court against Mizoram in order to defend its Reserve Forest lands from encroachment.
He also stated that three extra Commando Battalions of 1,200 soldiers each will be sent to protect the Assam-Mizoram border in the districts of Hailakandi, Karimganj, and Cachar.
The argument, according to CM Sarma, is not about land, but about the forest. "It's a Reserve Forest, after all. Is it possible to settle in a Reserve Forest? Assam is committed to preserving the forest. It is not constructing any settlements in the forest; we do not want any settlements in the forest" said the CM.
Assam's chief minister further stated that this is not a political matter. "There has been a long-running border dispute between the two countries. Even when both states' governments were controlled by Congress, there was a disagreement. This is a conflict between two countries, not two political parties," he added.