Top leaders of the Mizoram Presbyterian Church have appealed to the state government to take measures for resolving border disputes with neighboring states. Church leaders have met state Chief Minister Zoramthanga and urged him to take measures to resolve the border dispute with neighboring states and plan ideas to include Mizo language in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
Chief Minister Zoramthanga, on his part, assured the leaders that the matter would be taken up with the concerned authorities.
Long-standing border dispute between Mizoram and Assam
Mizoram shares an inter-state border of about 325 km with Assam, Manipur and Tripura. Mizoram has a long-standing border dispute with the neighboring state of Assam. Mizoram borders Assam’s Barak Valley. The boundary between Assam and Mizoram at present time is 165 km long.
The last border standoff between the two states took place on June 5. Few unidentified men torched two vacant farm houses in the area which both the states claim to be theirs. After this incident, both the states had registered a case.
Assam had blamed the miscreants from Mizoram for the incident, while Mizoram alleged that the migrants from Bangladesh wanted to instigate the border dispute. Mizoram claimed that the area came under Kolasib district. While the neighboring state Assam claimed it came under Karimganj district. No casualty was reported during the incident as both the farm houses were lying vacant since February.
Kolasib Superintendent of Police (SP) Vanlalfaka Ralte said on Monday that no accused has been arrested in connection with the incident till date. The SP said that now the situation is peaceful and the police officers of both the states are also regularly communicating with each other over the phone.