Some firewood collectors saw the body around 1pm yesterday and the news spread like wildfire, till hundreds of angry villagers converged, ready to attack villages in Mizoram. Though police managed to quell the mob on time, the Reang village sardars refused to hand the body over for autopsy, forcing the police to stay overnight in the village.
According to sources, Mizoram police personnel had entered Damcherra unofficially last week in search of the victim, who was allegedly involved in a robbery in the Kanghmun police station area of Mizoram’s Mamit district. While Reang managed to flee, the policemen were cornered by villagers and had to be rescued by a police team from Damcherra police station led by officer-in-charge Swapan Debbarma, who assured them that Reang would be handed over as soon as he was apprehended. On Saturday, Reang succumbed to police pressure and surrendered at Kanghmun, only to be found dead yesterday.
This morning, only after superintendent of police (North) Abhijeet Saptarshi assured the villagers that he would talk to his Mamit counterpart, could Reang’s body be taken for autopsy.
Inspector-general of police (operations) Nepal Chandra Das today said tension being high in all Reang villages along the inter-state boundary, Tripura State Rifles personnel had also been deployed. “Village chiefs have been asked to prevent people from crossing the border,” he said.