Assam, Mizoram Govts issue joint statement over border dispute

Assam, Mizoram Govts issue joint statement over border dispute

New Delhi: Assam and Mizoram issued a joint statement that both state governments agree to take the initiatives taken by MHA and their chief ministers forward to remove tensions around the inter-state border and find lasting solutions to disputes through discussions.

Both the governments agreed to maintain peace in inter-state border areas. The two states will not send their respective Forest and Police forces for patrolling, domination, enforcement for fresh deployment to any areas where confrontation has taken place recently.

Ministers Ashok Singhal and Atul Bora represented the Assam Government in a meeting of high-level delegations discussing the border dispute with the Mizoram government. The Mizoram side was led by State Home Minister Lalchamliana and Land Revenue and Settlement Minister Lalruatkima. The ministers were engaged in talks to find a solution to the inter-state boundary dispute.

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In a tragic incident, five Assam police personnel were killed and several others injured in a clash between police and civilians in the border district Silchar on July 26. Around 10 people from Mizoram were also injured in the clashes.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma alleged that Mizoram Police had used Light Machine Guns (LMG) against the police personnel. Sarma spoke to Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga and expressed willingness to visit Aizawl and discuss these issues if need be.