Mizoram home minister Lalchamliana interacts with 23 sector Assam Rifles DIG Brig Vinod S

Aizawl: Mizoram home minister Lalchamliana on Monday interacted with 23 sector Assam Rifles DIG Brig Vinod S in the wake of the recent misunderstanding and spat between the state home department and the paramilitary force over the alleged violation of ‘COVID-19 protocols’.

An official statement issued here said that both the home minister and the DIG have friendly interaction on the prevailing issue to settle the dispute amicably.

Lalchamliana told the DIG about the state government’s stand and precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it said.

While citing that the state government has appreciated and acknowledged the contribution and efforts of Assam Rifles in curbing drugs or arm smuggling and checking infiltration, Lalchamliana wished that better understanding and coordination be existed perpetually between the state government and the force, the statement said.

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He urged the DIG to refrain from baseless statements and to approach him to settle any misunderstanding or issue at the negotiating table.

He said that the safety protocols set up by the government are not a sort of restrictions or restraints but meant for the safety of every citizen and urged Assam Rifles jawans to respect the protocols.

Vinod on his part told the home minister that Assam Rifles personnel respected the COVID-19 protocol enforced by the state government to prevent COVID-19 spread.

He urged the people to refrain from spreading rumours and “baseless” statements on social media.

He also asked people to make a complaint to him in case any personnel breached law or misbehaved with the local people so that the accused is booked and given exemplary punishment.

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The Assam Rifles has been accused of violating COVID-19 protocol when 15 personnel returning from Silchar allegedly refused to comply with entry and safety protocols and forced their way through a border gate at Vairengte on August 18.

However, Assam Rifles denied the allegations saying that they were denied not only medical screening but entry to the state against the MHA directions.

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