Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday mentioned he would be very happy if his arrest resolves the continuing Assam-Mizoram border dispute.
“I am very happy if filing an FIR against me can resolve the Assam-Mizoram border dispute. If the police gives me notice, then I will go and join the investigation. I will go from Silchar to Vairengte and will join the investigation. If the Mizoram Police arrests me, I will not go to seek interim bail from the Gauhati High Court,” Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned.
The Assam CM’s remarks got here after the Mizoram Police booked him on charges of attempt to murder and legal conspiracy over the current violence alongside the Assam-Mizoram border on July 26 which killed six and injured over 60 folks.
Hon’ble @himantabiswa ji, as mentioned I kindly urge that Assam Police @assampolice be instructed to withdraw from Vairengte for the protection of civilians. @narendramodi @AmitShah @PMOIndia @HMOIndia https://t.co/wHtMPhFRpP
— Zoramthanga (@ZoramthangaCM) July 26, 2021
The Mizoram Police additionally lodged an FIR towards 4 law enforcement officials and two others of the Assam authorities. Reacting to that, Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned, “I have to protect my officers. I will not allow my officers to be arrested or not allow my officers to be taken away and we will not accept that notice.”
“But if notice is served to me, I will go walking to Vairengte. I will start my Padayatra from Silchar and I will reach Vairengte. If my arrest will resolve the dispute, why not arrest me today itself,” Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned.
‘A central company ought to examine’
Talking concerning the investigation course of over the violent incident, the Assam Chief Minister questioned why police from Assam and Mizoram are wanted to analyze the matter. “Let it be investigated by either NIA or any central government agency,” he mentioned.
“We don’t have to file FIR against anybody. But if somebody dies, then the case needs to be investigated. So what I have proposed is why the Police or the Mizoram Police needs to investigate? Let it be investigated by either NIA or any central government agency. Some proof has to be there. If lives have been lost, their parents can go and file a case. So the victim’s family has the right to seek closure.
“It is not about Assam and Mizoram, it is about six lives. It is always better that the case is investigated by some third party who is neutral,” Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned, whereas including that after the July 26 incident he had spoken to his Mizoram counterpart, Zoramthanga.
“The Mizoram Chief Minister told me ‘Himanta I will talk once my quarantine is over’. If there is an issue, he will call me. I called him not less than 18-20 times from July 26. On July 26 I probably called him not less than 12 times,” Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned.
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
Assam prepared to speak
Himanta Biswa Sarma additionally added that the Assam authorities is able to discuss with the Mizoram authorities at any level of time to resolve the border situation.
“We are ready to talk with the Mizoram government at any point of time, whether it is in Aizawl, Silchar, Guwahati or Delhi. From our side, we have no issue. If the Mizoram Chief Minister asks for any discussion, we are available. We have absolutely no issue,” Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned.
He additional mentioned that Assam desires peace, tranquility and needs to do improvement exercise “for our citizens”.
‘No financial blockade’
Meanwhile, the Assam CM denied the allegations of an financial blockade. Reports emerged on Saturday that the Assam authorities had imposed an “undeclared blockade” on all of the roads resulting in Mizoram.
Denying such claims, Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned, “If there’s any downside, positively the Mizoram Chief Minister will name me and I’ll strive my finest to see how I will help you. But as of now, I’ve not obtained any telephonic name from anyone.”