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Mizoram To Remove Himanta Sarma's Name From Border Row FIR: 10 Points

Mizoram To Remove Himanta Sarma's Name From Border Row FIR: 10 Points

Assam-Mizoram Border dispute: Himanta Sarma said the focus is on keeing the spirit of Northeast alive

Guwahati: The days-long border face-off between Assam and Mizoram may be tentatively moving towards de-escalation. The two sides have begun negotiations with Central intervention, but Assam has also said it will approach the Supreme Court to find a solution.
  1. Assam will approach the Supreme Court to solve its boundary dispute with Mizoram, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said today.

  2. Mizoram has initiated the legal process to drop Mr Sarma's name from an FIR filed in connection with the recent violence on the border. No summons will be issued to him, police sources have said. 

  3. The probe against the Assam police personnel will continue, though, they said.

  4. Referring to the FIR, Mr Sarma said he was willing to cooperate with the summons if that "resolves the issue".

  5. "I will not allow our officers to be investigated," Mr Sarma, however, said, according to an ANI report. "Our main focus is on keeping the spirit of North-East alive" he tweeted.

  6. The Assam Chief Minister's statement today came hours after a telephonic conversation he had with his Mizoram counterpart Zoramthanga and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

  7. Zoramthanga said he had agreed with Mr Sarma and Mr Shah to resolve the issue "amicably through meaningful dialogue".

  8. Mizoram government sources, meanwhile, told that fresh negotiations have begun between the two state governments to de-escalate the situation. It is even considering dropping the case filed against Mr Sarma.

  9. The Centre has told both the states that their officers and forces will not be allowed to carry arms while visiting the conflict zone along the border between Mizoram's Kolasib and Assam's Cachar districts.

  10. The two states have been engaged in a tense stand-off after seven people, including six Assam Police personnel, were killed and scores injured in a clash along the border last Monday.