NE MPs appeal to Assam, Mizoram to ensure peace along interstate boundary

NEW DELHI, 30 Jul: The North East MPs Forum on Friday appealed to the governments of Assam and Mizoram to ensure peace and tranquillity along their interstate boundary, and also urged the people of the region to remain united and live in a sisterly manner.

In a joint statement, NE MPs Forum chairman and union minister Kiren Rijiju and general secretary and MP from Shillong Vincent H Pala also appealed to the two states to come together with the honest aim of resolving the long-pending boundary dispute.

Five Assam Police personnel and a civilian were killed and over 50 others, including a superintendent of police, were injured when the Mizoram Police opened fire on a team of Assam officials on Monday.

The forum represents all parliamentarians from the region and takes up various issues concerning the region.

“At this crucial juncture, on behalf of the MPs from the Northeast, we appeal to both the parties and governments to adopt conciliatory steps to ensure peace and tranquillity along the boundary,” the statement said.

Rijiju told PTI that the Northeast must remain together and live in a sisterly manner.

The forum said that the recent developments along the Assam-Mizoram boundary have been a cause of great anguish and regret to the people of the Northeast.

“The loss of life and injury on both sides is a shocking and regrettable consequence, and we wish to extend our condolences to the affected families. At the same time, we must seize the right lessons from this unfortunate occurrence,” it said, and made an earnest appeal to both the states to come together with the honest aim of resolving the dispute.

“We believe that for this resolution to be fruitful, the amicable participation of all stakeholders is crucial, and we look forward to seeing the restoration of cordial and harmonious neighbourly relations between the two states,” the statement said.

Assam’s Barak Valley districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi share a 164-km long boundary with three Mizoram districts of Aizawl, Kolasib and Mamit. After counter allegations of encroachment on territory over the past few weeks and skirmishes that escalated tensions between the two states, violent clashes were reported along the interstate boundary that ended in the death of five Assam Police men and a civilian.

The incidents came two days after union Home Minister Amit Shah held talks with the chief ministers of the eight northeastern states and underscored the need to resolve lingering boundary disputes. (PTI)