GUWAHATI/AIZAWL: In response to the Mizoram police's FIR against him in connection to the inter-state border skirmish, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said that he is ready to join any probe on the issue.
Besides Sarma, who is accused of "attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy," six other officials, including an IG, DIG and Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police of Cachar district, were named in the FIR lodged at the Vairengte police station on July 26.
In response to the FIR, which also included 200 unidentified Assam Police personnel, Sarma said in a tweet: "Will be very happy to join in any investigation. But why the case is not being handed over to a neutral agency like the CBI or the NIA, especially when the place of occurrence is well within the constitutional territory of Assam? I have already conveyed this to Zoramthanga CM Ji."
The Chief Minister said, "I can also lodge an FIR against the Mizoram Chief Minister. We won't allow anybody to take our lands through browbeating. If we stand united, we can sort out many problems. We remain divided among ourselves, others will take the advantage."
All party-team led by Speaker Biswajit Daimari reached the Lyllapur area today to take stock of the situation there. "We are here to study the ground reality. We have talked to different people. We will suggest the government in sorting out the border problems," Speaker Daimari said.
Officials in Guwahati said that an eight-member police team, also comprising CID officials, went to Delhi on Thursday to serve the police summons to Mizoram MP Vanlalvena.
But they could not find him at his residence or the Mizoram Bhavan in Delhi and pasted the summons on the doors in both places.
The summons asked the Mizoram parliamentarian to appear before the investigating officer on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga hoped for an amicable solution to the border disputes.
Zoramthanga, who earlier appealed to maintain calm and peace along the boundaries of the two states, tweeted: "I still hope for an amicable solution to the Assam-Mizoram border tension from the Central Government." (IANS)