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Nine States Embroiled in Boundary Disputes in India, Says Home Ministry in Parliament

Ministre of State Nityanand Rai added that these states still report incidents of violence, from time to time, near intra-border areas.

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New Delhi: As many as nine states are currently entangled in boundary disputes in the country, and Assam is the only state which is involved in statemate with as many as four states, the Ministry of Home Affairs informed the Parliament, on Tuesday.

The states unsatisfied with their borders are- Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Mizoram and Meghalaya.

“As per available information, there are boundary disputes arising out of demarcation of boundaries and claims & counterclaims over territories b/w Haryana-Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra-Karnataka, Assam-Arunachal Pradesh, Assam-Nagaland, Assam-Meghalaya and Assam-Mizoram, the MHA in Lok Sabha said.

Ministre of State Nityanand Rai added that these states still report incidents of violence, from time to time, near intra-border areas.

“Occasional protests and incidents of violence are reported from some of the disputed border areas,” said MoS MHA Nityanand Rai in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

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Amid the ongoing Assam-Mizoram border dispute which began on Monday, a war of words ensued between Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga and his counterpart from neighbouring Assam’s Himanta Biswa Sarma as both state chiefs urged Home Minister Amit Shah to look into the matter and immediately end this crisis.

Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamliana on Monday claimed that around 200 Assam Police personnel forcibly crossed duty post and said that the inter-state border issue with Assam should be resolved soon. On a contrary, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday informed that six jawans of Assam Police have lost their lives while defending the constitutional boundary of state at the Assam-Mizoram border.

The escalated tension forced the Central Reserve Police Force to deploy two companies of CRPF (one from 119 Battalion in Assam and the other from 225 Battalion in Mizoram) at Lailapur-Vairengte disputed site between Assam and Mizoram.

Home Minister Amit Shah later on Monday spoke with both Assam and Mizoram Chief Ministers who agreed to return their police forces from the site.

(With inputs from ANI)