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Mizoram accuses Assam of encroaching on its territory as the border conflict deteriorates

Mizoram accuses Assam of encroaching on its territory as the border conflict deteriorates

Mizoram accuses Assam of encroaching on its territory as the border conflict deteriorates. Mizoram accused Assam on June 30 of encroaching on its territory in the Kolasib region, escalating the two Northeastern states’ border conflict.

Vanlalfaka Ralte, Superintendent of Police in Kolasib district, stated that around a hundred officials. And policemen headed by Assam’s Hailakandi district Deputy Commissioner and SP invaded Mizoram territory on June 29 and have been camped there since.

Locally referred to as Aitlang hnar (the source of the river Aitlang). The region is located in Mizoram approximately 5 kilometers from Vairengte village in Kolasib, which borders Assam’s Karimganj district, he added.

Mr. Ralte said that the people of Vairengte cultivate plantations in the region. Which they believe has been a part of Mizoram from time immemorial.

On June 29, he said, a slew of district officials and police officers from Assam came and forcibly seized the land.

“This is sheer hostility on the part of the neighbouring state since the region is Mizoram’s. Local farmers were compelled to leave for their lives out of fear of being assaulted by armed personnel,” Mr Ralte, who is now camped at the location, told PTI.

Officials from Assam were not immediately available for comment.

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Mr Ralte stated that upon learning of the event, district authorities and Mizoram police officers headed by a sub-divisional officer went to the scene on June 29 to assess the situation.

On June 29, officials from both states met at the site to address the situation. But Assam authorities allegedly refused to withdraw from the region.

Residents of Vairengte who went to the scene were escort home to avoid violence, according to the police officer.

Deputy Commissioner H. Lalthlangliana of Kolasib is also in the region.

Mizoram’s three districts — Aizawl, Kolasib, and Mamit — share a 164.6-kilometre border with Assam’s Cachar, Karimganj, and Hailakandi.

The boundary dispute between the two neighboring states has been ongoing for a lengthy period of time. Numerous talks conducted since 1995 to settle the conflict have produced little progress.

The border dispute reappeared in August last year after a major battle in 2018. The situation deteriorates further in February and was defuses after a series of negotiations facilitate by the Centre.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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