At least five Assam Police personnel were killed and 50 others were injured as Assam and Mizoram policemen allegedly fired at each other on Monday in a sudden escalation of a border dispute between the two states.
Here is your 5-point cheatsheet guide to the Assam-Mizoram clashes:
The clashes stem from a land dispute between Mizoram and Assam over “improper demarcation of the state border”. Two border notifications were issued during the British rule.
Both Mizoram and Assam claim land on the border between Assam’s Cachar and Mizoram’s Kolasib district. Both states accuse each other of encroachment.
Mizoram was earlier a part of Assam and was called “Lushai Hills”. It became a Union Territory in 1972. Later, it became a state in 1987.
Assam and Mizoram also have border disputes in Kolasib-Hailakandi and Mamit-Karimganj border.
Mizoram, which shares a border with three states, also has a dispute with Tripura.