Border clash: Six Assam police personnel succumb to injuries, claims Himanta
As violence along the Assam-Mizoram border intensifies, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed that six police personnel lost their lives during the firing.
In a tweet, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “I am deeply pained to inform that six brave jawans of @assampolice have sacrificed their lives while defending constitutional boundary of our state at the Assam-Mizoram border. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.”
Both sides having been blaming each other for the incident with Mizoram claiming that Assam police had encroached into its territory, resorted to tear gas firing and assaulting Mizo civilians.
Assam has also been claiming the other side of resorting to firing amid the melee, injuring many of its police personnel.
Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamliana issues a statement on Monday stating that around 200 Assam police personnel led by the IGP and accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner, Cachar, Superintendent of Police, Cachar and District Forest Officer, Cachar came to Vairengte Auto-rickshaw stand at around 11:30 a.m on July 26 and crossed the duty post manned by the CRPF personnel and Mizoram police personnel.
“The Assam police also damaged several vehicles that were travelling along the National Highway between Vairengte and Lailapur,” stated the press release.
The Home Minister also said that on getting information on the breakout of arson allegedly committed by Assam Police, residents of Vairengte town under Kolasib District proceeded to the site to find out more information but the unarmed civilians were assaulted by the Assam Police causing injuries to several civilians.
The Mizoram government is looking to resolve the matter with Assam to create an atmosphere of peace and understanding for all parties.
Meanwhile, the Assam government is yet to issue any official statement on the incident except for a few tweets posted by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)
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