Union Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken to the Chief Ministers of Assam and Mizoram, Himanta Biswa Sarma and Zoramthanga respectively, and urged them to ensure peace along the disputed border and find an amicable settlement.
It may be mentioned here that Assam’s Barak Valley districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi share a 164 km long border with Mizoram’s three districts of Aizawl, Kolasib and Mamit.
Assam CM Sarma announced on Twitter that six personnel of the Assam Police were killed in firing by “miscreants” from Mizoram along the inter-state border in the Cachar district.
“I am deeply pained to inform that six brave jawans of @assampolice have sacrificed their lives while defending the constitutional boundary of our state at the Assam-Mizoram border. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families” Sarma tweeted.
However, Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamliana, in a statement, said Mizoram Police responded “spontaneously by firing back” at Assam Police after its 200 personnel forcibly crossed a duty post manned by the CRPF personnel and indulged in arson, assault on unarmed persons and firing.