Hostile Neighbours? Assam records over 50 Border Dispute incidents with neighbouring states in 2020. GUWAHATI: Assam has been practically fighting at its borders with the neighbouring states with a minimum of 56 instances of land encroachment by the neighbouring states such as Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram in 2020.
The state has recently witnessed the violent resumption of land disputes along the Assam-Mizoram borders of Barak valley where school buildings were blasted by miscreants and houses and shops were torched too.
The Centre had to intervene in maintaining a status quo between the two states in the end after nearly a month-long dispute.
In a written reply to Leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia throughout the ongoing winter session of the Assam Meeting, state’s parliamentary matters minister Chandra Mohan Patowary informed that 56 cases of land encroachments were reported across 11 districts since January 1 this year.
The reply also added that Cachar district in the Barak valley recorded the highest number of cases this year. No less than 17 cases were registered in Cachar alone. One person used to be also killed in clashes in Cachar, he added.
Both West Karbi Anglong and Kamrup districts were in the second one position with seven instances of land encroachment recorded in these two districts every throughout the year.
Lakhimpur (six cases), Dhemaji and Karbi Anglong (five every), Jorhat (four), Karimganj (two), and Sadiya, Tinsukia and Sivasagar (one every) also faced similar instances of encroachments throughout 2020, the reply said.