AIZAWL: After a war of words, FIRs, claims and counter-claims following the bloody incident that left at least seven people dead, both the Mizoram and Assam governments are now turning towards de-escalation to find a solution to the vexed border issue.

The two sister states on Monday decided to withdraw cases filed against each other as a goodwill gesture to stabilise the situation.

Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Monday said that his government was ready to withdraw the FIR filed against all the accused in Assam in connection with the blood clash on July 26 in order to establish a conducive atmosphere for amicable solution to the inter-state border dispute and reduce the plight of the affected citizens.

The development came a day after both the governments agreed to withdraw cases against Assam Chief Minsiter Himanta Biswa Sarma and Mizoram Rajya Sabha member K. Vanlalvena to de-escalate tension.

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“In order to build a conducive atmosphere for amicable solution to the #MizoramAssamBorder dispute & to reduce the plight of suffering citizens, I have directed @mizorampolice to withdraw FIR dt. 26.07.2021 filed at Vairengte, Kolasib District, Mizoram against all the accused persons,” Zoramthanga announced through his official Twitter handle on Monday.

Within hours of Zoramthanga’s announcement, his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma also tweeted that he has asked state police to withdraw cases against Kolasib DC H. Lalthlangliana and Vairengte SDPO. 

“I learn that Honble CM @ZoramthangaCM has asked @mizorampolice to withdraw FIR dt 26.7.21 against our officers.I heartily reciprocate this positive gesture and ask @assampolice to withdraw cases against DC Kolasib and SDPO Virengte,” he said.
The Assam Chief Minsiter also said that his cabinet colleagues Atul Bora and Ashok Singhal will visit Aizawl on August 5  for a meaningful dialogue. “Assam stands committed to ensuring peace on its borders, paving the way for a peaceful & developed North-East,” he said.

On July 26, soon after the bloody clash the left at least seven people dead and scores injured, Mizoram police had registered FIR against Sarma, six  Assam officials and unidentified 200 police personnel, for allegedly intruding into Mizoram’s territory and creating violence.

They were charged under different sections of the IPC, including “attempt to murder” and “criminal conspiracy,” section 3 of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR) as well as Section 3 and 6 of the Mizoram Containment and Prevention of Covid-19 Act and Section 27(1) (a) of the Arms Act.

Assam police has also registered FIR against K. Vanlalvena and six others Mizoram officials, including Kolasib Deputy Commissioner H. Lalthlangliana and SP Vanlalfaka Ralte.

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