Aizawl: Mizoram police has decided not to pursue the theft case filed against its Assam counterpart following the handover of the alleged stolen construction materials to the state police, an official said on Monday.
Kolasib Superintendent of Police (SP) Vanlalfaka Ralte said that no probe and further legal proceeding will be initiated against the accused as the Assam police personnel had returned the construction materials taken away from a bridge construction site to the Mizoram government on Sunday.
Following an appeal and conversation with Assam officials, the construction materials were handed over to the Mizoram police in Bairabi on Sunday around 6 pm, he said.
“Although the case could not be withdrawn now, there will be no further legal proceeding or investigation against the accused,” he said.
In a fresh escalation between the two neighbouring states, the Mizoram government had accused Assam officials of stealing construction materials from a bridge construction site in its territory and filed a theft case against Assam police personnel after the incident took place on Friday.
Kolasib deputy commissioner H. Lalthlangliana had said on Sunday that personnel of the Assam police entered Mizoram territory at Zophai near Bairabi town in Kolasib district and allegedly stole some construction materials, including iron rods, from a bridge construction site.
The incident happened on Friday when work was underway to construct a bridge to connect the main road with the paddy field belonging to Mizoram’s first Chief Minister Ch. Chhunga, he had said.
A police case over theft of construction materials was filed against them (Assam Police) at Bairabi police station in connection with the incident, he had said.
Mizoram’s Zophai area shares border with Assam’s Kachurthal area in Hailakandi district.
Lalthlangliana also wrote to his Hailakandi counterpart on Saturday over the incident, urging him to take necessary action.
In his letter, Lalthlangliana said the incident or bridge construction should not be linked to the boundary issue as it was undertaken by the government just to connect an existing road within the territory of Mizoram.
However, Assam police denied the allegation and claimed that Mizoram officials entered Assam territory and started constructing a bridge.
“The allegation of any theft by a disciplined force like Assam police is absolutely concocted, baseless, malafide and devoid of any facts and is an attempt by Mizoram administration to divert the attention from main issue, that is illegal construction by Mizoram authorities on Assam soil,” Hailakandi SP Gaurav Upadhyay had said on Sunday.
The officer in-charge (OC) of Ramnathpur police station under which falls Kachurthar and his patrolling team immediately reached the site on Friday and stopped the construction work, calling it a trespass by Mizoram as they had no authority to build a bridge on the Assam side, he had said.
Mizoram’s three districts- Aizawl, Mamit and Kolasib share about 164.6 km inter-state border with Assam’s Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts.
The situation along the inter-state border has been tensed since June 29 when both states accused each other of encroaching on either side.
On July 26, tension escalated when police forces of both states fire at each other leaving at least seven people, including six cops from Assam, dead and more than 60 people injured.
During a meeting on August 5 in Aizawl, both the state government had agreed to maintain peace and amicably resolve the border dispute through dialogue.
However, the situation continues to be tensed due to a few incidents like bombing of school and firing on civilians, which occurred after the July 26 violent clash.
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