SHILLONG: Lok Sabha MP from Shillong Vincent H Pala has written to PM Narendra Modi, urging him to address the boundary issues in the northeastern region at the earliest. “Recent occurrences in northeastern India have again highlighted the violent clashes over inter-state boundaries that have threatened peace and stability of the region for decades now. It is widely acknowledged that, excluding Tripura and Manipur, all other states have a boundary dispute with Assam,” Pala wrote in his letter.
He said this has also given rise to disputes over land, forest resources and ethnic clashes and can be seen in relations of Assam with Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland and Meghalaya. “It has been observed that for reasons best known to the present BJP-led government of Assam, such conflicts have not only been on the rise but have also taken a much more aggressive turn. Consequently, a sense of fear, insecurity and alarm is perceived among the residents of these border areas,” he wrote.