GUWAHATI: Congress has questioned the effectiveness of convention of northeast chief ministers held in Shillong on Saturday in presence of Union home minister Amit Shah, after major violence erupted in the tense Assam-Mizoram border soon after his departure to New Delhi.
Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has vehemently condemned the firing on Assam police personnel in the Mizoram – Assam border. According to reports, firing was done from the hilly Mizoram border in the Lailapur area of Cachar district. According to reports, gunshots were fired upon an Assam police security post.
“It is a matter of disgrace that just hours after the Union home minister Amit Shah left Assam, such an attack happened on Assam police personnel and property of Assam government,” APCC said in a release.
As just a couple of days ago the home minister himself chaired a meeting with the CMs and chief secretaries of the NE states to discuss interstate border dispute issues, APCC’s media department chairperson Bobbeeta Sharma questioned,”What transpired between them ? What were the policies to mitigate the border disputes adopted?” Congress demanded that the government should give assurance to the people residing in both the states that all disputes will be amicably settled.
Assam Congress has criticized that despite the meeting held in Shillong on the border issues, a Twitter war is going on between the Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Mizoram counterpart Zoramthanga since morning.
Sharma said it has become a matter of great public concern as well as appalling humour that responsible persons like chief ministers, both belonging to the NDA alliance, are openly arguing with each other on Twitter handles and they have also tagged the home minister and Prime Minister. “The BJP government seems to be running the country through Twitter handles and social media,” she said.
APCC alleged that there is no clarity on the part of the governments in both the states and at the Centre on the issues at hand. “An atmosphere of uncertainty will further complicate matters. There is also a report that a mob has also manhandled a Mizo couple in the border area. The government should ensure that common people of both the states should not bear the brunt of their lackadaisical attitude,” APCC said in the statement, demanding a clear message from the government to resolve the border dispute.
Even as Mizoram has vowed to protect its boundary from alleged aggression from Assam, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed the Assam Assembly a few days ago that since 2016, there have been more than 40 encroachment incidents from the Mizoram side.
Sarma, who also looks after the home department, informed the House that there have been more than 200 incidents of encroachment and aggression from Assam’s neighbours. The assembly was informed that all three districts in the Barak Valley — Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi — have faced encroachment or aggression by people from Mizoram, though Cachar district has recorded the highest, 25 such incidents since 2016.