An age-old border dispute between Assam and Mizoram has flared up once again, triggering violent clashes that left several people on both sides wounded and forced the Centre to intervene and play mediator between the two states.
The violence along the border in Assam’s Cachar, adjacent to Kolasib in Mizoram, is the latest in a series of inter-state border skirmishes in the Northeast where all states have multiple unresolved boundary disputes with their neighbours.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his Mizoram counterpart Zoramthanga were quick to acknowledge the gravity of the situation and sought each other’s help in defusing the tension.
In the latest violence on October 17, several houses and business establishments were also gutted when unidentified people went on a rampage in the area. Both states stake claim to Vairengte-Lailapur. Administrations on both sides blamed each other for the violence. According to Kolasib deputy commissioner H. Lalthangliana, people from Lailapur in Assam broke the status quo and constructed huts in the...