Mizoram-Assam border skirmishes: CYMA demands probe into involvement of external forces

Guwahati: Mizoram's largest and most influential organization, the Central Committee of Young Mizo Association or the Central YMA (CYMA), has demanded an inquiry into the alleged involvement of external forces in the recent border violence between Mizoram and Assam. CYMA Chairman Vanlalruta said the organization's meeting on Tuesday passed a resolution seeking an inquiry under the supervision of the central government.

The demand comes at a time when a day earlier a delegation of North-East Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs led by Union Minister Kiren Rijiju met PM Narendra Modi and submitted a memorandum alleging that the border dispute between Assam and Mizoram was fanned by external forces. Vanlalruta said CYMA denied the allegation and said it was a "complete lie". CYMA said no Mizoram MP was present in the delegation. The delegation also submitted a memorandum to PM Modi seeking his intervention to resolve border disputes between north-eastern states.

Earlier, the Assam government linked the violent clashes between the police forces of the two states to the "non-state elements", enraged by the state government's massive crackdown on drug trafficking and the ban on transportation of cattle under the proposed Assam Cattle Protection Act.

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