Assam Police summons Mizoram MP K Vanlalvena

Assam Police summons Mizoram MP K Vanlalvena
K Vanlalvena
NEW DELHI/AIZAWL, JUL 30 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/30/2021 12:22:22 PM IST


The Assam Police has summoned Mizoram’s lone Rajya Sabha MP K Vanlalvena on August 1 for questioning over his alleged “threatening statement” over the Monday violence along the interstate border, and pasted a notice at his Delhi residence.
Assam Police also said it will take “lawful action” against Vanlalvena who had allegedly made a “threatening” statement over the border clash in which five policemen and a civilian were killed.
Official sources said a team of Assam Police CID, which has arrived in Delhi, visited Vanlalvena’s residence and the Mizoram House looking for him without any success.
Sources said Vanlalvena is believed to be avoiding the team. The MP was not available for comments. 
Since the Resident Commissioner of Mizoram reportedly refused to receive any notice served on Vanlalvena to join the Assam Police investigation, the CID team pasted the notice on his residence.
“It has come to light that you have given a threatening statement in media targetting civil and police officials in connection with the incident which is a subject matter of investigation.
“Therefore, there are reasonable grounds to question you to ascertain facts and circumstances from you,” the Assam Police notice read.
The Mizoram MP has been asked to appear before the Officer-In-Charge of the Dholai police station in Assam’s Cachar district at 11 am on August 1 “without fail”.
Sources said police do not require approval of the Speaker or Rajya Sabha Chairman to record an MP’s statement, but need their permission, as the case may be, before arresting an MP. 
Assam behaving like ‘big daddy’: Mizoram Dy. CM
Assam is behaving like a “big daddy”, with the attitude of an “aggressor” that led to this week’s violent boundary clash and an economic blockade later, Mizoram Deputy Chief Minister Tawnluia said in an interview to ThePrint.
The comment came as anger brewed in both the states after the clash in which six Assam Police personnel died.
Mizoram called its boundary committee meeting Friday to clarify its position on the dispute, while Assam sent its police to question Mizoram MP K. Vanlalvena in New Delhi in connection with the violence.
“This is not the first time Assam has intruded into our territory… It has repeatedly enforced an economic blockade to punish Mizo people. How will our people survive in this blockade?” Tawnluia said, adding that Assam isn’t behaving like a “brother”.
According to him, the “most striking part” of the 26 July clash was that the central paramilitary forces, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), which form two corridors of security, “did not play a neutral role and did not prevent Assam Police from entering Mizoram territory”.
“They played a partisan role. Assam is having border disputes with other states also. The CRPF didn’t even provide security to our SP and collector during firing. Now they are saying they will approach the Supreme Court. We are ready to fight a lawsuit over our land,” he added.
Asked why he thinks Assam isn’t treating Mizoram at par, the deputy CM said Assam is “creating disturbance in our territory” and enforcing an economic blockade to “punish our people”.

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