New Delhi: The Chief Ministers of Assam and Mizoram will meet in New Delhi on Thursday to settle their differences over the interstate border violence that claimed six lives almost three months ago.
Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga and his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma would meet at a location of their choosing, according to Ministry of Home Affairs sources. According to the official, the Centre encourages discussion between the two states in resolving the boundary dispute, but the meeting will not be conducted in the North Block and will not be attended by the Home Minister.
There are various stretches of contention along the 165-kilometer Assam-Mizoram border that have periodically resulted in conflicts between police and residents. Six Assam police officers were killed and numerous others were injured in a big incident along the Kolasib-Vairengte border in July.
The Centre sent central forces to mediate and pressed the two states to start discussions, but the war persisted for days. In August, high-ranking officials from both states met in Aizawl to discuss official relations.