Violence erupts on Assam-Mizoram border, 6 Assam Police personnel killed in firing

Violence erupts on Assam-Mizoram border, 6 Assam Police personnel killed in firing

Guwahati: The border dispute between Assam and Mizoram has suddenly flared up again. In this, six Assam policemen were killed and 60 other policemen were injured in firing between the police and civilians of both states on Monday. 

During this, a war of words broke out between the Chief Ministers of Assam and Mizoram. Both blamed each other’s police for the violence and sought the intervention of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. 

Amit Shah then spoke separately to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga and asked them to ensure peace along the disputed border and find an agreed solution.

Superintendent of Assam Police also injured

Assam Chief Minister Sarma on Monday announced on Twitter that six Assam Police personnel were martyred while defending the state’s constitutional border in firing from the Mizoram side along the inter-state border in Cachar district. 

Later, the Assam government put the number of martyred policemen at five. Meanwhile, a senior official of Assam Police said that Cachar Superintendent of Police Nimbalkar Vaibhav is also among the policemen injured in the firing and stone pelting.

CRPF to control situation

CRPF ADG Sanjeev Ranjan Ojha said that CRPF has been directed to control the situation. Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken to the Chief Ministers of Assam and Mizoram. Both the states have agreed to remove the police forces from the spot. 

He also informed that Mizoram Police was present at high altitude and Assam Police personnel were in the plains. 

After a few rounds of firing with tear gas shells, there was a sudden firing of automatic weapons from both sides in which six Assam Police personnel have been killed.

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Superintendent of Assam Police shot in leg

During the continuous firing on the border of the two states, a senior Assam Police officer present in the forest said that among those injured in the firing and stone pelting, Cachar Superintendent of Police Nimbalkar Vaibhav sustained bullet injury in the leg.

Sudden firing

It is said that when the officers of both the sides were negotiating to resolve the differences, the miscreants suddenly started firing from both of them. Earlier, Mizoram’s IG (Northern Range) Lalbiyakthanga Khiangte said that at least eight huts lying vacant in the field near Aitlang stream in the problem area were torched at around 11.30 pm on Sunday. These huts belonged to the farmers of Vairengte village, adjacent to the Assam border.

Exchange of accusations

On the other hand, Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamliana said in a statement that Mizoram Police responded by firing after 200 personnel of Assam Police forcibly crossed the duty post of CRPF personnel and indulged in arson, attacks on unarmed people and firing. Gave. 

Earlier, Zoramthanga had accused the Assam Police of lathi-charging and lobbing tear gas shells.

Machine gun firing

While Assam Chief Minister Sarma initially did not hold the Mizoram Police responsible for the death of his policemen, he later tweeted saying, 

“Clear evidence has started to emerge, which unfortunately shows that the Mizoram Police has Light Machine Guns (LMGs) have been used against the policemen of Assam. It is sad and unfortunate which speaks volumes of the motive and the seriousness of the situation.”

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Assam police said, stone pelted with slingshot

A senior Assam Police official said, “We were talking to Kolasib SP Ratale and his additional SP in Mizoram. IGP, DC and SP of Assam Police were also there. We were talking to find a solution to the problem. We did not allow our men to go there, but their men were continuously throwing stones. Many people were injured. They were throwing stones at us with a slingshot. While we were talking, they started firing from the top of the hill. The Assam Police somehow took the position and started retaliatory firing.”

Fire broke out in eight huts

Incidents of conflict between the two states have started happening frequently over the border dispute. According to Mizoram’s IG (Northern Range) Lalbiyakthanga Khiangte, the latest controversy erupted on Sunday night when at least eight huts lying vacant in a field near Aitlang stream in the trouble-hit area were torched. These huts belonged to the farmers of Vairengte village, adjacent to the Assam border.

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