Congress has formed a seven-member committee to visit Assam’s Cachar district and assess the situation on the ground after violence broke out along the state border with Mizoram on Monday.
The committee will present a detailed report to the party on the matter, said Congress-led Assam Jitendra Singh.
According to officials, at least five members of the Assam police were killed while defending the state’s “constitutional boundary” with Mizoram and more than 60 people were injured, including one SP, in a sudden escalation of the border dispute between the two states of the northeast.
On Tuesday, Singh shared on Twitter a party circular dated July 26 that read: “A seven-member committee will be formed with immediate effect … to visit Cachar and any other area to assess the Assam-Mizoram border dispute in the terrain and the consequent violence that has cost the lives of police personnel, among others. “
The panel members are Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) Chair Bhupen Bora, CLP Leader in Assam Debabrata Saikia Assembly, Deputy Pradyut Bordoloi, CLP Deputy Leader in Assam Rakibul Hussain Assembly, MP Gaurav Gogoi, All India Congressional Committee Chairman Mahila Sushmita Dev and MLA and APCC Acting Chairman Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha.
In a statement on Monday, the Assam government alleged that Mizoram police opened fire on its officials and civilians from two dominant roles with automatic weapons, including light machine guns (LMGs).
However, Mizoram Interior Minister Lalchamliana claimed that the state police responded “spontaneously by counterattacking” the Assam police after their 200 troops forcibly crossed a service post manned by CRPF personnel and allowed themselves to set fire. and shooting and assaulting unarmed people.
Later, Union Interior Minister Amit Shah spoke with Assam’s chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, and his Mizoram counterpart, Zoramthanga, and urged them to ensure peace along the border in dispute and find an amicable settlement.
The Assam districts in the Barak de Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi valley share a 164 km border with the Aizawl, Kolasib and Mamit de Mizoram districts.
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