Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that Assam will not open fire even if the entire district of Cachar is occupied by Mizoram.
“Assam is a responsible state. We will not open fire even if entire district of Cachar is occupied by authorities in Mizoram,” said CM Himanta Biswa Sarma.
“I cannot allow Assam Police to open fire on civilians. Children might get killed. We cannot kill innocent people. Assam will not launch counter attacks. We will defend our land and even die for it but not retaliate by opening fire,” said CM Sarma.
He was speaking on the incident of Mizoram police opening fire along the border with Assam.
Moreover, the Assam chief minister has claimed that Mizoram Police had opened fire with light machine guns (LMGs) on Monday that claimed the lives of five Assam Police personnel.
“Mizoram had opened fire with light machine guns (LMGs) for about 30 to 35 minutes that claimed the lives of five Assam Police personnel. It was really unfortunate,” said Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma.
“Such kind of firing is rare, especially inside a country. It may happen along the international border when a foreign country invades,” CM Sarma said.
“At least 42 people including SP of Cachar sustained injuries in the firing incident,” Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Meanwhile, the Assam chief minister has claimed that not an inch of the State’s land has been ceded due to Monday’s clash with Mizoram police.
“I want to assure the people of Assam that not a single inch of Assam’s land has been ceded due to yesterday’s clash with Mizoram police,” said Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma.
He further said that the clash was about settlement in forest lands. “Assam will not allow settlement in forest land either by Assam people or be it by Mizoram people,” said CM Sarma.
Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma has also informed that at least three commando battalions of State police will be deployed along the border with Mizoram.
“At least 4000 commandos of Assam Police will be deployed at three locations: Hailakandi, Karimganj and Silchar,” Sarma said.