Assam and Mizoram held their first meeting on Thursday to defuse the tension around the inter-state borders and flared up on July 26 and agreed to find a permanent solution to the border dispute. Six Assam policemen were killed and over 50 people, including the Cachar superintendent of police, were injured in the violence along the border. It has been said from both the governments that they will not deploy their security forces on the border.
The meeting held at Aizawl Club in Mizoram’s capital Aizawl was attended by Home Minister Lalchmalliana, Revenue Minister Lalruatkima, Home Secretary Vanlalangaihasaka, Assam Border Security and Development Minister Atul Bora, Urban Development Minister Ashok Singhal and Commissioner and Secretary, Border Security and Development GD. .
A joint statement has been issued by both the states. It said that both the state governments have agreed to maintain peace in the inter-state border areas and the deployment of neutral force by the central government in this regard is welcome. For this purpose, both the states shall not send their respective forest and police forces for patrolling, establishing supremacy and enforcement, it said. Also, there will be no fresh deployment of forces in the areas where there was a clash between the police forces of the two states in the recent times. This includes all areas along the Assam-Mizoram border in Karimganj, Hailakandi and Cachar districts of Assam and Mamit and Kolasib districts of Mizoram.
The statement was signed by Assam’s Border Security and Development Minister Atul Bora and Mizoram’s Home Minister Lalchmalliana. A statement shared on Twitter by Assam Minister Ashok Singhal said, “Six representatives of the Governments of Assam and Mizoram to promote and promote peace and harmony among the people living in Assam and Mizoram, especially in the border areas. Agreed to take all necessary measures to maintain it.
The Mizoram Chief Minister’s Office tweeted, “The Government of Assam and the Government of Mizoram have successfully signed a Joint Statement after talks in Aizawl. Both the governments agreed to take forward the initiative of the Union Home Ministry to defuse the current tension and find a sustainable solution through discussion.
Mizoram does not accept the existing boundary demarcation and insists on going by notification of 1875. Assam, on the other hand, wants to stick to the constitutional limit. Assam also has border disputes with Nagaland and Meghalaya, which were carved out of the state along with Mizoram. In addition, there are disputed areas along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.