Interstate Border Dispute: Assam Asks Mizoram for Details of ‘Claimed Area’

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In a meeting over the Assam and Mizoram border dispute, Assam asked Mizoram to submit details of villages in support of its claims, including their location and ethnicity of residents, which are currently in the larger northeastern state’s territory. Claims have to be submitted within three months. The decision was taken during a meeting between Assam’s Border Security and Development Minister Atul Bora and Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamliana during the day in Guwahati.

A joint statement issued by the two states said that Mizoram would submit within three months the list of villages, their location, geo-spatial extent and ethnicity of the inhabitants and other relevant details to support its claim on the land currently in the state. Will present These claims will be investigated by regional committees of both the parties. Both the states agreed to maintain status quo and ensure peace and harmony along the inter-state border.

The Mizoram delegation informed their Assam counterparts that there is unrest among arecanut growers in the hill state as they are facing problems during transportation of their produce to Assam and other parts of the country.

Due to illegal smuggling of arecanut from neighboring countries, strict checking is done at the inter-state borders and consignments are confiscated if the transporters do not have all the required documents. Both the states agreed to refer the issue to their respective Chief Ministers for an amicable solution. It is noteworthy that Assam shares a 164.6 kilometer long border with Mizoram.

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