Assam has faced 56 instances of land encroachment by the neighboring states such as Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram in 2020.

Parliamentary affairs minister Chandra Mohan Patowary revealed this in the Assembly on Monday.

He said that these 56 cases of land encroachments were reported across 11 districts since January 1 this year.

Patowary said the highest 17 cases were reported from Cachar, which faced violent clashes between the people of Assam and Mizoram.

He said one person was killed in violent clashes between people of Assam and Mizoram in Cachar, he added.

Cachar is followed by West Karbi Anglong and Kamrup districts that reported seven instances of land encroachment, he said.

Other districts where Assam’s land was encroached on are Lakhimpur (six cases), Dhemaji and Karbi Anglong (five each), Jorhat (four), Karimganj (two), and Sadiya, Tinsukia and Sivasagar (one each), Patowary said.

To recover the encroached land, the Assam government has written a number of letters to the respective states and the Centre, Patowary said.

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