NaTioNWidE july 25 july 26 Fresh cases assaM 5 assam cops killed in Mizo border firing p R A s A n tA M A z u M d A R @ Guwahati AT least five Assam Police personnel were killed and over 50 others, including civilians, injured when the Assam-Mizoram border row flared up on Monday that saw the police of the two states firing at each other. Automatic weapons, including light machine guns, were used by the Mizoram Police in the attack, the Assam government alleged. The injured included Assam’s Cachar Superintendent of Police nimbalkar Vaibhav Chandrakant and the officer-in-charge of a police station in the district. ironically, while Assam has a BJP government, the ruling party in Mizoram is an ndA ally . “Clear evidences are now beginning to emerge that unfortunately show that Mizoram Police has used Light Machine guns (LMg) against personnel of @ assampolice,” tweeted a horrified Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma later in the day . The incident came amidst a fortnight-long eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation between the two police forces and two days after the CMs of the two states discussed the issue with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Meghalaya capital Shillong. Shah spoke to the two CMs on Monday and asked them to peacefully resolve the issue. Following his intervention, the Assam Police withdrew from the site. The CRPF is now manning the area. Blaming Mizoram for the flareup and breaching status quo, an Assam government statement said, “Mizoram began construct- ing a road towards Rengti Basti in Assam, destroying the inner Line Reserve Forest in Lailapur area. Simultaneously, the Mizoram side also set up a new armed camp on a hillock next to the camp of the neutral force, CRPF, in the same vicinity .” When Assam officials went to the area to request the Mizoram side not to disturb status quo, “they were surrounded and attacked by a mob of miscreants from the Mizoram side, which was visibly supported by the Mizoram Police.” Continued on: P8 Recoveries Deaths MizoraM W h o ’ S t h e 39,972 35,968 535 416 Jab-o-meter Karimganj Hailakandi Cachar lAilApuR July 25: 38,87,028 doses Take your shoT July 26: 57,48,692 doses total: 44,10,57,103 odisha july 25 july 26 Fresh cases Kolasib Mamit 1,833 1,637 Recoveries Deaths vAiREngtE Aizwal bhubaneswar l tuesDay l JuLy 27, 2021 l `7.00 l PaGes 12 l Late CIty eDItION 39,742 39,361 2,108 67 2,204 62 1933 S q u a t t e r ? Border conflicts have occurred since Mizoram was carved out of Assam as a Union Territory in 1972 to eventually become a state in 1987 Officials and locals in Assam claim Mizos have been squatting on 1-3 km land from the interstate border There have been several rounds of talks between the two states since 1995 to resolve the issue The official stand of Mizoram is that the boundary should be demarcated based on a notification of 1875 that distinguished the Lushai Hills (present day Mizoram and erstwhile district of Assam) from the plains of Cachar but mizoram groups claim the authorities in assam have been using ‘illegal bangladeshis’ to move 10-12 km inside their territory thE point of conflict is AnothER BRitish-ERA notificAtion of 1933 thAt AssAM follows But is not AccEptABlE to MizoRAM, which sAys thEiR AncEstoRs wERE not consultEd on this In 1971, the interstate boundary was redefined and Mizos say it was done without their knowledge or consent. Much of Mizo land under British rule was included into Assam territory CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI BSY resigns, suspense over successor Murugesh Nirani, Basavaraj Bommai, C T Ravi, Ashwath Narayan, Pralhad Joshi, B L Santhosh in race to replace him A n u s h A R A v i @ Bengaluru Ending weeks of speculation, B S Yediyurappa resigned as Karnataka chief minister on Monday the , day his government completed two years in office. The 78-year-old veteran BJP leader became emotional when he announced his decision to quit as tears welled up in his eyes and voice choked with emotion. On the elaborately decorated dais of Vidhana Soudha’s banquet hall where celebrations for his government’s second year anniversary were being held, Yediyurappa gave his farewell speech, recalling his years of struggles, and reminiscing on his hard work for the party, before stunning his supporters with the resignation bomb. “i have decided to go to Raj Bhavan and submit my resignation. i am not sad. i am happy that Prime Minister narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP na- tional president JP nadda gave me an additional two years despite crossing the 75-year-old cap. Words are not enough to thank them. i appeal that all of us work together to build the party he said at the end ,” of his emotional speech. With this, the four-time chief minister finally drew curtains on speculation over leadership change in Karnataka. From Vidhana Soudha, Yediyurappa went straight to the Raj Bhavan, where governor Thaawarchand gehlot wasted no time in accepting his two-line resignation letter, and issued a statement saying the council of ministers has been dissolved. A complete revamping of the government is on the cards now with the party inclined to appoint four deputy chief ministers to take care of caste and regional equations. “i resigned voluntarily. nobody forced or coerced me to quit. i have decided to work for the party i will . not accept any decorative posts,” Shah, Nadda meet to deviSe K’taKa Strategy Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP chief J P Nadda and the state in-charge Arun Singh held extensive meetings in the Parliament complex on Monday. Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Prahlad Joshi was also present in one of the meetings held soon after BSY announced his resignation Yediyurappa asserted when asked if he would become the governor of a state. The suspense over who will succeed him, however, continues. The BJP Legislature Party meeting is likely to be called on Wednesday or Thursday where a new chief minister will be named. Sources said Union Minister dharmendra Pradhan and the party in-charge for Karnataka Arun Singh will oversee the leadership succession in the state government as Central observers. Currently more than half-a-dozen , names for the top post are doing the rounds. They include Murugesh nirani, Basavaraj Bommai, Arvind Bellad, C T Ravi, dr C n Ashwath narayan, Sunil Kumar, Pralhad Joshi and even B L Santhosh. Party sources suggested that the new chief minister is likely to be named by the end of this week. While he may have resigned as chief minister, Yediyurappa has refused to walk quietly into the sunset, insisting that he will remain in active politics and work P5 for the party . Didi takes lead to form snoopgate probe panel, Justice Madan Lokur to head it E x p R E s s n E w s s E R v i c E @ Kolkata WiTH the Centre blocking Opposition demands to come clean on the Pegasus snoopgate, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sprang a surprise by setting up an inquiry commission headed by retired Supreme Court judge Madan Lokur into the matter. Coming as it did on the day she arrived in delhi to explore options of forging Opposition unity, setting up the panel sent an unambiguous message of her being the most strident opponent of Modi rule, thus giving her the right to lead the proposed coalition and sustain the momentum till the next general elections in 2024. Talking to media before boarding a flight to delhi, Mamata claimed the Centre had used the spyware to tune into a meeting she had with her advisor Prashant Kishor. “He (Kishor) got his cellphone audited and came to know that they (Centre) knew of one of our meetings through Pegasus,” she alleged. Parliament stalled Both Houses of Parliament on Monday saw repeated adjournments amid Opposition clamour for discussion on Pegasus snoopgate in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home minister Shah | P7 She had earlier brandished a taped handset to take a swipe at the Centre, following reports of her nephew Abhishek Banerjee’s name figuring on a list of potential targets. The BJP however, was not amused, , with its iT cell chief Amit Malviya tweeting, “Why are we even surprised that Mamata Banerjee has constituted a commission to probe bogus Pegasus Project? Her priorities have always been warped. if only she had shown such alacrity to probe post-poll violence and probe several Covid scams in Bengal.”
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