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‘Unacceptable, death of democracy’: Opposition criticises Centre for Assam-Mizoram border clash

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Opposition leaders have criticised the Centre for the violence that erupted along the Assam-Mizoram border on Monday, which led to the death of five police officers. They alleged that the government failed to maintain law and order in the region.

Tensions escalated on Monday after reports emerged of firing and clashes between the police forces of both the states. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Mizoram counterpart Zoramthanga squabbled on Twitter and sought Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s help in resolving the tensions.

The boundary between the two states is disputed at several points and they have often sparred over it, sometimes violently. Several rounds of talks since 1994 have failed to break the impasse. On Saturday, Home Minister Amit Shah had held a meeting in Shillong to try and resolve the row.

On Tuesday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said Shah had failed the country again by “sowing hatred and distrust into the lives of people”. “India is now reaping its dreadful consequences,” he tweeted along with a video of the incident.

Heartfelt condolences to the families of those who’ve been killed. I hope the injured recover soon.

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