On July 26, 2021 there were clashes along Assam-Mizoram border which resulted in the death of seven people and injuries to several others. The Union Home ministry had to intervene.
Lalchamliana who was in Guwahati to hold Ministers level meeting between Assam and Mizoram Government on disputed border issues on Thursday said, “In past when I met Assam minister Atul Bora I have tendered my apology and sorrow for the loss of precious lives and this time also I am repeating my apology and sorrow. It is my hope that such incidents do not take place between the states or any other states of Northeast India. Such incidents are unfortunate and uncalled for. We must ensure such incidents never happen again.”
Mizoram Home Minister and Assam’s Border Protection and Development Minister, Atul Bora took part in the meeting. In a joint statement both sides stated Government of Mizoram will furnish the list of villages, their areas, geo-spatial extent, and ethnicity of the people and other relevant information within three months to support their claim which can be examined by setting up Regional Committees from both sides to arrive at an amicable resolution of the vexed border issues. The Government of Assam will extend full cooperation wherever sought.
Both sides agreed to abide by the resolutions encapsulated in the Joint Statement of 5 th August, 2021 signed in Aizawl. Both sides agreed to continue their resolve to maintain peace and harmony on the Inter-State border among communities living on both sides with a view to further strengthen their age-old ties.
High level delegation from Mizoram expressed that there has been huge unrest among the areca nut growers’ in Mizoram on account of problems being faced in transportation of their produce to Assam and other parts of the country. Both the sides agreed to refer the issue to respective Chief Ministers to evolve an amicable solution. Both sides also agreed to continue a sustained zero tolerance policy against transportation of smuggled arecanut from other countries.
On September 21 this year , Assam Chief Minister,Himanta Biswa Sarma met his Mizoram counterpart, Zoramthanga in New Delhi to resolve the long standing border issues.
At a one-to-one meeting held at Assam House, both the Chief Ministers reviewed the ministerial level talks held at Aizawl on August 9 this year. A ministerial delegation headed by Assam Minister Atul Bora went to Aizawl to hold talks on resolving the border problem.
Earlier Assam and Mizoram have agreed that economic activities including cultivation and farming which have been practised by the people along the borders of the two States shall not be disturbed but allowed to continue regardless of the administrative control presently exercised by either State at such locations subject to Forest Regulations and after informing the Deputy Commissioners concerned.
Assam’s Barak Valley districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi share a 164.6-km long border with Mizoram’s three districts of Aizawl, Kolasib and Mamit.