7 inter-state boundary disputes

A day after an inter-state boundary dispute between Assam and Mizoram claimed the lives of six Assam Police personnel, the home ministry informed Lok Sabha that there were seven cases of running disputes between two states arising out of demarcation of boundaries and claims and counter-claims.

These disputes, according to available information, are between Haryana-Himachal Pradesh, UT of Ladakh-Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra-Karnataka, Assam-Arunachal Pradesh, Assam-Nagaland, Assam-Meghalaya and Assam-Mizoram.

In reply to a query in the Lok Sabha, minister of state for home Nityanand Rai said that occasional protests and incidents of violence were reported from some of the disputed border areas.

To a query on the role of the central government in redressing inter-state border disputes in the country, he replied that the approach of the Centre 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 chief ministers of Assam and Mizoram had sparred on Twitter on Monday after violent clashes broke out between border residents of both states in Cachar. Though home minister Amit Shah, who was tagged by both the chief ministers in their tweets, did step in to cool tempers and advised them over multiple phone calls to resolve the issue through talks, the situation on the ground turned violent, leading to death of six Assam police personnel in firing.

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