On Monday, a sudden escalation of border dispute broke out between the Police personnel of Assam and Mizoram. At least five Assam Police personnel were killed and almost 50 others were injured from both sides. As per the government, the situation is under control now. CRPF troops have been posted on both sides to avoid further violence.
As both the State Governments urged the center to intrude, Home Minister Amit Shah said that he will be closely monitoring the matter.
"The approach of the central government has consistently been that inter-state disputes can be resolved only with the cooperation of the state governments concerned and that the central government acts only as a facilitator for amicable settlement of the dispute in the spirit of mutual understanding," the Union Home Ministry today stated in parliament amid disruptions.
The leaders of the opposition didn’t miss out on slamming the BJP over the issue. The Congress youth leader, Rahul Gandhi this morning attacked Shah tweeting, "the Home Minister has failed the country yet again". All India Trinamool's Abhishek Banerjee also targeted BJP over Twitter and stated: "India deserves better".
Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Chief Minister of Assam, on Monday said that "clear evidences are emerging" to show Mizoram Police force using light machine guns against the Assam Police personnel. He clearly blamed the Mizo Police force for the violence. However, as per the Mizoram Government, the violence started when the Assam Police crossed the border and "over-ran" a police post at Kolasib. The definite cause is yet to be investigated.
There have been repeated clashes between the forces of the two states since June- end after Assam Police allegedly took control over an area known as 'Aitlanghnar,' thereby accusing Mizoram of illegal encroaching. The dispute roots back to "improper demarcation of the state border" issued during the British rule. Both Assam and Mizoram claim land on the border between Cachar in Assam and Mizoram's Kolasib district and accuse each other of land encroachment. However, the dispute started with a geographic problem has now also become an ethnic issue.