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66 villages along inter-state border claimed by both Assam, Mizoram

Aitlang, a disputed land along Assam-Mizoram border

Aizawl: Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamliana said that the state government claimed 62 villages in the border areas which are also claimed by the Assam government in the interstate boundary dispute between the two neighbouring states.

Lalchamliana said that the state home department had submitted its claims of lands to the Assam government in February in which the 62 villages were mentioned.   

“In accordance with the notification issued by the Governor-in-Council in 1875 under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873, around 509 square mile area within the inner line reserved forest was placed under the then Lushai country (Mizoram),” he said.

He said that there has been no official response from the Assam government on the claims till date.

The Home Minister also said that there has been no proposal for the next round of talks to be held on the interstate border issue as the ball is on Assam court.

Negotiations to find lasting and amicable solution to the vexed interstate boundary between Mizoram and Assam had been going at a snail’s pace for years, which was sped up after a bloody confrontation between the police personnel of the two states on July 26.

After a series of official level talks, the first minister level talks on border dispute was held on August 5, 2021 and again in August 9, 2022 in Aizawl. 

The third round of talks between Mizoram delegation led by Lalchamliana and Assam delegation led by border protection and development minister Atul Bora, was held in Guwahati in November last year, after which Mizoram state government submitted information and proposals to the Assam government during February.

Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga and his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma also had held two rounds of talks in Delhi in 2021 and last year on the same issue.

It may be recalled that 200 strong Assam armed police personnel led by an IGP encroached into Mizoram’s Vairengte town on July 26, 2021 and overrun the Mizoram Police manned by a section of the state armed police.

The ensuing armed confrontation while the Mizoram Police personnel tried to recapture the camp resulted in the death of 5 Assam Police personnel and torching of several vehicles.

The bloody incident came after barely 24 hours when Zoramthanga invited Sarma in Shillong to visit Aizawl so that the 2 leaders can discuss the border dispute to find a permanent solution. 

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