TERRITORY DISPUTE IN MIZO-ASSAM BORDER INCITES VIOLENCE

Tension in the Mizo-Assam border has caused a wave of violence and rage over territorial dispute. The people of Kolasib district of Mizoram as well as Cachar district of Assam tuned into a violent clash injuring several individuals as reported by the officials. At least four people were injured and several temporary shops and huts were burnt down in the territory dispute between residents on Saturday evening, officials said. They added that both states had approached the Centre regarding the issue.
A press statement by Mizoram Home Department said a video conference is anticipated to be held on Monday between the Union Home Secretary and Chief Secretaries of Assam and Mizoram. This is the second such dispute that took place between residents of the two states this month. Saturday’s violence broke out between residents of Lailapur village in Assam’s Cachar district and residents of localities near Vairengte in Mizoram’s Kolasib district.
On Sunday, the Mizoram Cabinet held an emergency meeting over the issue. Chief minister Zoramthanga tweeted, “I sincerely request everyone to maintain peace and to kindly not bypass any administrative proceedings.”
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Sunday appraised the Prime Minister’s Office and Union Home Ministry about the prevailing situation at the border. Sonowal also spoke over the phone with his Mizoram counterpart Zoramthanga and discussed the issue. He said in a statement that there may be differences but that these must be settled through dialogue.

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