Assam-Mizoram clash is a boundary dispute,says Sarma
Guwahati: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said the border clash with neighbouring Mizoram, which claimed the lives of five Assam police personnel, is a boundary dispute between two states.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma clarified that the clash at the border is not a political issue.
"This is a boundary dispute between two states. This is a long-standing border dispute. There was a dispute even at the time when the Congress government was there on both sides. This is a dispute between two states, not between two political parties".
On the violent clash at the Assam-Mizoram border yesterday, Sarma said, "This is a reserve forest area. With the help of satellite imaging, you can see how the encroachment has taken place. Assam Government has also decided to move Supreme Court with a (law) suit over this".
Also, Sarma asked, "It is a reserve forest. Can reserve forest be utilised for settlement? The dispute is not regarding land, it regards forest. Assam wants to protect the forest. It's not organising any settlement in forest area, we don't want any settlement there".
The Assam Police will investigate the matter and investigations to examine where the civilians get the arms used in the violent clash.