Mizoram Chief Minister Lalduhoma is likely to meet his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma this month to discuss border issues between the two states, an official said here on Monday.
A discussion between them is expected during the plenary session of the North Eastern Council (NEC) to be held in Meghalaya capital Shillong on January 19, he said.
“The two leaders will discuss the border issues to resolve the long-standing dispute between the two states,” the official said.
The plenary session proposed by the NEC will be chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Mizoram shares a 164.6 km long border with Assam.
The dispute took an ugly turn in July 2021, when police forces of the two states exchanged fire along the interstate border, resulting in the death of six policemen and a civilian from Assam.
More than 60 people were also injured in the violent clash that took place in the disputed area near Vairengte village of Mizoram.
The two states have held several rounds of talks since then and agreed to maintain peace along the border and resolve the dispute through dialogue.
The border dispute between the two neighboring states arose from two colonial demarcations in 1875 and 1933.
Mizoram claims that an area of 509 square miles of the inner line reserved forest, notified in 1875 under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations (BEFR), 1873, falls within its territory, while Assam, on the other hand, considered the map prepared by the India Survey. in 1933, as its constitutional limit.
Vast areas within the inner line of reserved forest now belong to Assam. Similarly, a certain extent of the area, as per the 1933 demarcation, now lies on the Mizoram side.
There is no land demarcation of borders between the two states, officials said.
Lalduhoma had told reporters last week that he discussed the border issues with Shah during his recent visit to Delhi.
“I have discussed the Mizoram-Assam border dispute with the Union Home Minister in Delhi. We want no further conflict or violence in the future. We have also agreed to resolve the issues at the political level,” the Prime Minister said. he said on January 6.
Earlier, he had said that the Mizoram government would set up a boundary committee involving all stakeholders to address any issue related to the border with neighboring states.
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First published: January 8, 2024 | 18:17 IS