Mizoram in the present day rejected Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s allegation that the state had encroached into components of Assam’s Barak Valley. It asserted yesterday that native Mizos had been residing within the stated territory for over 100 years and cited “satellite images” to show its declare.
“Assam is laying claims to Mizoram’s territories, which the residents of border villages have been occupying for over 100 years. Satellite images will prove that,” Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo stated on Friday.
“There is no encroachment by Mizoram into Assam’s territory. It is the other way round,” Mr Chuaungo advised a information company.
He alleged that Assam officers had encroached Mizoram’s territories beneath the supervision of their police and forest departments prior to now few weeks regardless of the choice to take care of establishment in disputed areas.
On Monday, Assam Chief Minister Sarma alleged that 1,777.58 hectares within the Barak Valley area had been taken over by Mizoram.
The long-running border dispute between the 2 states has flared up in latest weeks, with at the very least three bombs set off by alleged by Mizo criminals in southern Assam’s Cachar bordering Mizoram. The Assam authorities stated that the accused had threatened even its officers with “abusive language and weapons like axes and sickles”.
Three districts of southern Assam’s Barak Valley — Karimganj, Hailakandi, and Cachar — share a 123-kilometre-long border with three of Mizoram’s — Mamit, Kolasib, and Aizawl. Nationwide Freeway 306 runs from Cachar to Kolasib via a border gate dividing the 2 states locked in border disputes since 1971.