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Border dispute: Assam to revoke travel advisory against Mizoram; both states to ease tension after talks

 Both the states have agreed to take forward the initiatives taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and their Chief Ministers to remove tensions prevailing around the inter-state border.

Border dispute: Assam to revoke travel advisory against Mizoram; both states to ease tension after talks-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Aug 5, 2021, 3:29 PM IST
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After the first round of talks over the inter-state boundary disagreement on August 5, the Assam government has decided to revoke an advisory issued earlier against travel to Mizoram.

The advisory was issued following the fatal clashes that erupted in Cachar in the last week of July.

Both the states have agreed to take forward the initiatives taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and their Chief Ministers to remove tensions prevailing around the inter-state border.

Earlier, the Assam government had issued a travel advisory for its residents to avoid travelling to Mizoram following a violent skirmish at the border of two states. The travel advisory had asked people not to travel to Mizoram and asked people from the state working or staying there to “exercise utmost caution."

"Given the prevailing situation, the people of Assam are advised not to travel to Mizoram as any threat to personal safety of people of Assam cannot be accepted," it said.

The representatives of Mizoram government also expressed regret over the death of Assam policemen in an exchange of fire on July 26.

Both the state governments welcomed the "deployment of neutral force by Government of India" to maintain peace in the border districts, said the joint statement issued by Assam Border Protection Minister Atul Bora and Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamliana.

"For this purpose, both the states shall not send their respective forest and police forces for patrolling, domination, enforcement or for fresh deployment to any of the areas where confrontation and conflict has taken place before between the police forces of the two states during recent times," the statement said.

Ahead of the meeting between the two state governments, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga announced on August 2 that he had directed Mizoram Police to drop the FIR lodged on July 26 against Assam officials. His state also dropped the name of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma which was initially included in the FIR.

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