Assam CM directs police to drop case against Mizoram MP as a "goodwill gesture"
Following Mizoram chief minister's request to settle the border dispute "amicably", Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said he had directed state police to withdraw the FIR against Mizo National Front MP K Vanlalvena as a "goodwill gesture".
However, he said that cases against other police officers would be pursued.
On Monday, CM Sarma said that he has noted statements in media by Mizoram CM Zoramthanga wherein he has expressed his desire to settle the border dispute "amicably".
"Assam always wants to keep the spirit of North East alive. We are also committed to ensuring peace along our borders," the chief minister tweeted.
1/2— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) August 1, 2021
To take this goodwill gesture ahead, I have directed @assampolice to withdraw FIR against K. Vanlalvena , Honble MP, Rajya Sabha from Mizoram. However cases against other accused police officers will be pursued.
The development came hours after the Mizoram government said it would relook at the FIR registered against Sarma, four police officers and two bureaucrats on charges of attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy in connection with the clashes along the Assam-Mizoram border on July 26. Around 200 unidentified police personnel were also booked.
Special DGP GP Singh said, "In reference to Assam Police Dholai PS Case of Cachar district against Mizoram Police and other unknown persons, action against Sri K Vanlalvena, Honourable MP of Rajya Sabha from Mizoram, has been abated."
On July 30, the Assam Police issued a notice to K Vanlalvena over "threatening" remarks he made outside Parliament that "more than 200 policemen" entered Mizoram's territory.
According to reports, he said, "They are lucky that we didn't kill them all. If they come again, we shall kill them all".
Earlier on Sunday, Himanta Biswa Sarma, in a tweet, said the main focus was on keeping the spirit of the North-East 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— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) August 1, 2021
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