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'Nobody can take an inch of our land': Assam CM to knock Supreme Court doors against Mizoram

Himanta Biswa Sarma also said that there would be an investigation on how civilians got their hands on weapons that were used during Monday's clashes.

Assam chief minister to move Supreme Court against Mizoram-VPN
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Guwahati, First Published Jul 27, 2021, 2:25 PM IST
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A day after clashes at the Assam and Mizoram border claimed six lives and injured 60 others, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that his government has decided to move the Supreme Court with over encroachment of forest areas by the neighbouring state.

Briefing media persons in Guwahati, Himanta said the issue that triggered Monday's clashes was not political but about the encroachment of his state's forest reserve.

Also Read: Assam claims Mizoram Police used light machine guns on civilians and officials

The chief minister clarified that Assam wants to protect the forest and is not organising any settlement in the forest area.

"Nobody can take an inch of our land. Assam is committed to secure its territory. It is a reserve forest. Can reserve forest be utilised for settlement? The dispute is not regarding land. It is regarding the forest. This is a reserve forest area. Using satellite imagery, you can see how much encroachment of the reserve area has taken place. We will move the Supreme Court over this," the chief minister said.

Also Read: Mizoram blames Assam for 'intrusion and aggression' 

Himanta also said that there would be an investigation on how civilians got their hands on weapons that were used during Monday's clashes.

Lashing out at the Congress, especially Rahul Gandhi, for targeting the BJP and accusing Home Minister Amit Shah of sowing hatred and distrust into the lives of people, Himanta reminded the Grand Old Party that the border issue between the two states is not a recent emergence. 

"This is a dispute between two states, not between two political parties. This dispute was there even at the time when the Congres government was there on both sides," he said.

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