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On Thursday, Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the Assam government has sought intervention of the Centre concerning reports of Chinese involvement in blocking waters of the Brahmaputra.

This act has allegedly been triggering floods in many parts of the state over the last few months. He said there have been recent instances when there has been a abrupt rise in the water level, submerging towns in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam even though there is no rain in these areas.

China has denied the reports of diverting waters of the Brahmaputra to India, however the minister said the sudden rise in the water level can only be elucidated by ‘mischief’ by China.

“China used to share hydrological data as per the agreement signed with India in 2015 but about three months prior to Doklam they stopped sharing it, which raises suspicions of some mischief,” Sarma said.

Sarma also proposed China might be conducting trials of a water bomb attack on India. “We propose that the Centre take up the issue at an international forum,” he added.

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