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14 November 2011

Tension in Mizoram Border After Mob Rampage

assam-mizoram border-disputeAizawl, Nov 14 : Tension continues to simmer along the Assam-Mizoram border in Hailakandi district after goons gheraoed Bairabi police station and damaged at least four police vehicles in northwest Mizoram last night.

A large number of goons, numbering about 200, had tried to storm the police station.

The goons, claiming their loyalty to a few NGOs in Mizoram, had gathered in front of the police station around 6pm yesterday, where a peace meeting between police officials of both the states was in progress.

The meeting was arranged in a bid to curb the tension in the aftermath of an assault on a few Mizo police personnel in Hailakandi district on Friday night.

The three jawans, belonging to 21 Assam Rifles and a Rashtriya Rifles battalion deployed in Mizoram, suffered injuries when some irate policemen from Assam beat them up after they refused to carry a load of vegetables to a nearby camp of the 21 IRB battalion.

According to official reports from Mizoram, the meeting had begun on a cordial note, but had to be stopped midway when the goons stormed the police station.

They also damaged four vehicles parked in front of the station.

The deputy superintendent of police in Hailakandi district, Khalilur Rahaman, and three of his colleagues, who were a part of the meeting, managed to save themselves from the wrath of the goons as they hid in a room.

Mizoram police later escorted them out of the police station.

N.K. Nath, officer-in-charge of the police station, said over telephone this morning that tension persisted after the incident.

The three injured jawans were shifted from Bhairabhi health clinic to an Aizawl hospital yesterday.

Source: Telegraph India


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