SILCHAR: Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua has spelt out in clear terms that the State government is 'absolutely clear' about its Constitutional boundary that is clearly defined in the 'Mizoram Act-1986' under which Mizoram was carved out of Assam.
Talking to the media after the review of the Assam-Mizoram boundary situation, Barua said, "No one had any doubts as to what was the Constitutional boundary. Our official stand is that the Constitutional boundary of Assam is sacrosanct and we will stick to that."
The Chief Secretary also said that certain elements — some non-State players — are playing a major part in stoking the fire of differences and disputes. "I am concerned about the fact that a very innocent life was snatched away possibly by the handiwork of miscreants. So, we would like to have a detailed inquiry into it."
Barua disclosed that Central forces are arriving in the State in a day or two, and these forces would be deployed along the inter-State boundary with Mizoram in Cachar and Karimganj districts.
Barua further said that the State government is taking all possible steps at the Chief Minister-level, the Home Secretary-level, the Chief Secretary-level and also at district administration-level and through other channels involving important leaders for finding a peaceful solution to the current imbroglio. "The State government has taken up the issue with all seriousness and that is why, the DGP and I have come here and that being with the people and with the district authorities," he said.
"All possible steps should be taken to find a peaceful solution and steps are being taken in that direction. Peace is of paramount importance as you are aware it is an inter-State issue – between two different communities and there's no question of not doing it through other than peaceful means. There's no point in escalating tension...no point in increasing our own problems. We have to work within the four walls of the law," he said.
Earlier during the day, the Chief Secretary and DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta reviewed the overall law-and-order situation of Barak Valley with the Deputy Commissioners, SPs, DIG Southern Range, IGP, DFOs and other officials at the Deputy Commissioner's conference hall. Barua and Mahanta explored all the options available for solution of the boundary imbroglio amicably and peacefully.
Barua also directed all the Deputy Commissioners and SPs to maintain constant vigil all along the inter-state boundary at Lailapur and Medlicherra bordering Cachar and Karimganj districts to thwart the sinister design of certain forces out to disturb peace and tranquility.
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