A five-member envoys led by Assam Border Protection and Development Minister Atul Bora will be on a two-day visit to Mizoram from August 9 to review issues related to the inter-state boundary quarrel, an official said on Friday.
A special officer and private secretary to the Assam border protection and development minister had on Wednesday briefed the Mizoram government that the Assam envoys would arrive in Aizawl the next Tuesday to have two-day discussion over the boundary issues, he said.
Bora will be assisted by Assam Housing and Urban Minister Ashok Singhal and three officials, including Assam border protection and development commissioner and secretary G D Tripathy, Mizoram home department official said. He mentioned that the Assam envoy will talk with representatives of the Mizoram government on the inter-state border issues.
Home Minister Lalchamliana will head the Mizoram team. Mizoram shares a 164.6-km long boundary with Assam, which has seen several outbreaks in the last few years.
The age-old boundary quarrel between the two northeastern states mainly developed from two colonial demarcations in 1875 and 1933. Mizoram accepted the demarcation under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BERF) notified in 1875, which covers vast expansion of area, now falling under Assam, as its actual boundary. The Assam government, however, said the dilimitation made under the 1933 notification was its constitutional boundary.
At least six policemen and a civilian from Assam departed last year and around 60 persons were harmed in a combat that happened at a disputed area near the outskirts between the two states. In August last year, the representatives of both states had held talks in Mizoram’s capital Aizawl. They admit to maintaining peace and friendly resolve the inter-state boundary quarrel through dialogue.
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had on July 16 mentioned at a press conference that Bora would soon visit the adjoining state and expected to begin the discussion at the earliest.
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