State police and chief of India’s northeastern Assam state paid tribute to five police officers who were killed during clashes with border state Mizoram on Tuesday.
At least seven people, including six police officers, were killed and more than 70 hurt on Monday in clashes between the two Indian states, as a weeks-long territorial dispute in the country’s northeast turned deadly.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma laid a wreath and paid tribute to the five soldiers who were killed during the clashes and also visited the injured at Silchar Medical College.
Tensions on the border between Assam and Mizoram have been elevated since last month, when Assam’s police allegedly took control of the hilly area of Lailapur, accusing Mizoram of encroaching on the territory.
The violence highlights the long-standing inter-state boundary issues in the region, particularly between Assam and neighboring states.