Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), a conglomerate of major churches in the state, extended deep condolences to the bereaved families of seven Assamese who lost their lives in the violent clash on July 26.

The church body in its statement on Tuesday termed the bloody clash on July 26 “very unfortunate” and expressed regret for the loss of lives and injuries on several people following the incident, the committee chairman and Synod moderator Rev. Dr C. Lalhlira said on Wednesday.

The Apex church body in its statement lauded the Mizoram government for its sincere efforts to resolve the long-standing border dispute with Assam.

In one of the bloodiest clashes over an inter-state boundary dispute in the country after 1985, at least seven people, including six policemen from Assam, lost their lives and several others injured from Mizoram and Assam, when police forces of both states exchanged fire for about 45 minutes near Vairengte, the nearest border town in Mizoram, on July 26.

While Mizoram alleged that the Assam police intruded into its territory, captured its border outpost and first fired bullets at civilians and police personnel, Assam claimed that Mizoram forces assisted by civilians armed with weapons, who opened fire first by using light machine guns.

In 1985, at least 41 people, including 28 cops from Assam, were killed in a fierce gunfight between forces of Assam and Nagaland that lasted for about 4 hours over a boundary dispute at Merapani.

Meanwhile, the Mizoram and Assam government will hold a meeting to de-escalate tension and find an amicable solution to the border dispute in Aizawl on Thursday.

Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo said that the meeting will be held at 11 am and Mizoram will be represented by Home Minister Lalchamliana, Land Revenue and Settlement Minister Lalruatkima and home secretary Vanlalngaihsaka.

Two Assam cabinet ministers are expected to attend the proposed meeting.

The Assam representatives will arrive in Aizawl on Thursday morning and leave for Guwahati after the talks, Chuaungo said.



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