Aizawl: The Mizoram Chief Minister Workplace (CMO) and the ruling Mizo Nationwide Entrance (MNF) have denied the allegations that Chief Minister Zoramthanga in addition to the Mizoram authorities was in a nexus with a Silchar-based dealer, who just lately got here beneath the police radar for his alleged hyperlink with smuggling of Burmese dried areca nuts.
The clarification got here after an Assam-based on-line information portal reported that the home of Abu Mazumdar, a resident of Silchar’s Itkhola in Assam’s Cachar district, who was allegedly noticed at a dinner between Zoramthanga and his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma in New Delhi just lately, was raided by Assam police in reference to smuggling of Burmese areca nut (supari).
The dinner was held on the sidelines of the border talks between the states in November final 12 months as a goodwill gesture.
The report additionally alleged that Mazumdar was invited by Zoramthanga as he was an in depth ally of the Mizoram authorities. It additionally printed an image of the dinner the place Mazumdar was noticed. “If sources are to be believed, Abu Mazumdar is a top-level handler and has shut relationships with Mizoram authorities,” the report within the on-line information portal mentioned.
Quickly after the report was printed, it was extensively circulated on social media in Mizoram with some vernacular dailies reproducing it.
Denouncing the allegation as ‘baseless’, the CMO and the MNF, in separate statements, on Monday mentioned that CM Zoramthanga didn’t invite Mazumdar to the dinner.
The CMO clarified that the dinner was hosted by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at Asam Home in New Delhi on November 25 final 12 months. The Mizoram chief minister was accompanied by Delhi Mizoram Home resident commissioner, Officer of Particular Responsibility to the chief minister, and extra private secretary to the CM, it mentioned.
“No different officers apart from those that accompanied the chief minister took half within the dinner, which was hosted by the Assam chief minister. Mazumdar might need been invited by the Assam chief minister,” the CMO mentioned within the assertion.
The MNF mentioned the allegation that alleged areca nut smuggler Mazumdar accompanied the Mizoram chief minister was completely mistaken. Mazumdar was fairly invited by the Assam chief minister on the dinner together with state minister Atul Bora, the celebration mentioned.
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