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Assam-Mizoram border dispute flares up: Six policemen killed, CRPF deployed | 5 points

A border dispute between Assam and Mizoram took a turn for the worse when clashes led to the deaths of at least six Assam Police personnel on Monday. Here are the latest developments in the Assam-Mizoram border clash in five points.

UPDATED: July 27, 2021, 11:57 AM IST

Along-standing inter-state border dispute between Assam and Mizoram erupted into fresh violence on Monday. Central forces have now been deployed in the area to bring the situation under control and prevent any more untoward incidents.

This latest crash was the culmination of tension simmering between locals of Lailapur village in Assam’s Cachar district and neighbouring Vairengte village in Mizoram’s Kolasib district. A recent encroachment drive by the Assam Police is believed to have added to the tensions.

Just earlier this week, Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a meeting of the chief ministers of all northeastern states in Shillong to discuss border disputes among other key issues. Prior to that, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla had called a meeting of the chief secretaries and DGPs of Assam and Mizoram in a bid to resolve the border dispute.

Here are 5 points on the Assam-Mizoram border dispute:

1. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said six jawans of the state police force died ‘while defending constitutional boundary’ of the state. In another tweet, CM Sarma alleged that the Mizoram Police used “Light Machine Guns (LMG) against personnel of Assam Police”.

2. Mizoram CM Zoramthanga said his government “deeply regrets the needless injuries on both sides which could have been avoided”. A statement from the CMO also said that the government of Mizoram “strongly condemns the unjustified act of the government of Assam in this intrusion and aggression into the territory of Mizoram”.

3. Sources told India Today that at least two companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were deployed along the disputed area on the Assam-Mizoram border at around 5.30 pm on Monday. Announcements were also made on loudspeakers asking Assam and Mizoram police forces to withdraw from the disputed area.

4. In a statement, the Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamliana claimed that around 200 Assam Police personnel overran a post manned by the CRPF and another by the Mizoram Police near the Vairengte auto-rickshaw stand at around 11.30 am on Monday. Unarmed locals of Vairengte town were also lathi-charged when they inquired about the situation, the Mizoram government said, adding, a volley of tear gas canisters and grenades were launched at Mizoram Police followed by firing from Assam side at around 4.50 pm.

5. Comparing the clash to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Assam minister Parimal Suklabaidya said nearly 80 people were injured. He also claimed that there was no firing from the Assam side of the inter-state border. Earlier, the Assam chief minister said earlier in the day that the superintendent of police (SP), Kolasib, had declared that violence by ‘civilians’ would not stop unless Assam Police withdrew from the disputed area.

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