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Ministers and officials pay visits to regions affected by the NE states’ border dispute.

Ministers and officials pay visits to regions affected by the NE states' border dispute.

Ministers and officials pay visits to regions affected by the NE states’ border dispute. Amid occasional incidents and simmering tensions along with Assam’s, Mizoram’s, Arunachal Pradesh’s, Nagaland’s, and Meghalaya’s interstate borders. Security has been tightened further and ministers and senior officials have visited the border regions to guarantee no further escalation.

According to officials in Aizawl, Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo. And Assam counterpart Jishnu Baruah would meet next week to discuss border problems.

Gyanendra Dev Tripathi, Assam’s Environment, Forest, Border Protection, and Development Secretary. Visited problematic regions along the state’s border with Mizoram on Thursday, accompanied by district authorities.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma said in Shillong that he will meet his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma to discuss the border dispute.

Alexander Laloo Hek, Meghalaya’s health minister and one of the state’s two BJP legislators, visited Sarma in Guwahati recently and addressed the border problem.

According to an Assam government statement, in light of the border row that has exacerbated tensions in the Joyrampur-Chilonibasti area. Near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh inter-state border, state Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya visited the areas on Friday and spoke with officials and local residents in an attempt to defuse the tensions and restore peace and normalcy.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah asked all states in the area to resolve their border issues by August 15, 2022, when the nation celebrates 75 years of independence.

Assam borders six other northeastern states: Nagaland (512.1 kilometres), Arunachal Pradesh (804.1 kilometres), Manipur (204.1 kilometres), Mizoram (164.6 kilometres), Tripura (46.3 kilometres), and Meghalaya (884.9 km).

Encroachment on border regions and other illegal actions, including assaults and abductions, occurred rarely along the northeastern states’ interstate boundaries, resulting in significant events.

Following discussions at the District Magistrate level between Mizoram and Assam on Wednesday, Kolasib Deputy Commissioner H. Lalthlangliana of Mizoram’s Kolasib district said on Friday that those three makeshift camps were erectes in the troubles area by state police following mutual agreement, but two of these were recently damage by the Assam Police, escalating tensions. On both sides of the border, security personnel is in positions to prevent any new unfortunate occurrence.

Lalthlangliana said that tensions also flared last month after the torching of two farmhouses on the interstate boundary by unidentified individuals on June 5.

Since October last year, numerous inter-state border clashes have occurred along the Assam-Mizoram border. Resulting in the injury of over 50 persons. And the destruction of over 25 homes and businesses on the Assam side.

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Central paramilitary troopers were deployed along the border following the intervention of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, senior Home Ministry officials. And both Chief Ministers to avert further unrest following a series of clashes and blockades on National Highway 306.

Suklabaidya visited regions on the border with Arunachal Pradesh on Friday at the direction of Chief Minister Sarma. After allegations of encroachment and damage of forest on the opposite side, causing tension.

Suklabaidya, who visited the region last month as well. Said that the citizens of both neighbouring states must live in peace and unity. “Attempting to avoid confrontation and working toward a peaceful resolution of our disagreements is the most prudent course of action. First and first, we must restore peace and tranquilly to the situation. And then we must learn to live together,’ he said.

He pleaded with MLAs and local residents to halt forest land encroachment, to avoid tree felling. And to preserve the environment, noting that “the burden of deforestation has impacted everyone.”

According to Suklabaidya, the Assam administration has been attempting to settle border issues with Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Mizoram. He said that while the Supreme Court is hearing the boundary issue with Arunachal Pradesh. The status quo must be preserved.

“He said, “Not only is the current government attempting to resolve border issues with our neighboring countries. On a permanent basis at the highest level, but it is also looking at alternatives to litigation.”

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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