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No state governments could resolve the Mizoram-Assam border dispute even 47 years after Mizoram became a Union territory in 1972, said Mizoram home minister Lalchamliana
No state governments could resolve the Mizoram-Assam border dispute even 47 years after Mizoram became a Union territory in 1972, said Mizoram home minister Lalchamliana|Representational image
MIZORAM

‘Mizoram won’t use violence to resolve border dispute with Assam’

The issue should not be used for political vendetta as only Parliament can alter state boundaries, said Mizoram home minister Lalchamliana

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: Mizoram home minister Lalchamliana on Monday said that the state government will not use violence to resolve the state’s border dispute with neighbouring Assam through violence.

Addressing a meeting at  Mizo Hnam Run or MNF office here, Lalchamliana said that the border dispute should not be used for political vendetta as only Parliament can alter state boundaries.

He said that no state governments were able to resolve the Mizoram-Assam border dispute even 47 years after Mizoram became a Union territory in 1972.

“The long pending border dispute between Mizoram and Assam is a complicated issue to resolve easily by the both the governments alone. Only Parliament can change and re-demarcate the boundaries,” he said.

Lalchamliana said the meeting of council of minister held on July 8 had unanimously accepted the boundary notified in 1875 under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873 as the actual Mizoram's boundary. “The border dispute should be resolved through peaceful dialogue and not violence,” he said.

The minister also called upon all political parties and NGOs for concerted efforts so that the state’s boundary which most Mizos accepted could be retained.

The border dispute between Mizoram and Assam is a long pending issue, which has been flared up occasionally. In March last year, tension erupted in Zophai area near Bairabi town on the Mizoram-Assam border when Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) functionaries attempted to construct a resting shed there.

Several students, including some local journalists were allegedly injured when police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the students. Minor clashes also occurred on July 6 when Assam forest department re-occupied an old building of security forces near Lailapoor on the disputed land.

Meanwhile, state’s apex student body MZP has asked the state government to either vacate Assam officials from the disputed land or construct resting shed at Zophai, failing which it threatened state wide protest on July 19.

Former boundary panel member and former Lok Sabha member CL Ruala on Friday said that a 509-sq-mile stretch of the Inner Line Reserved Forest area notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 belonged to Mizoram.