Mizoram alleges Assam of "kidnapping" construction worker from the disputed border
Assam police have been accused of assault and "kidnapping" of a civilian construction worker from the disputed Assam-Mizoram border on Thursday.
Mizoram's Kolasib Deputy Commissioner H. Lalthlangliana wrote a letter to his counterpart in Assam's Hailakandi district, whereby he alleged that a person named Lalnarammawia, operator of an earth excavator was blindfolded and kidnapped at gunpoint by Assam Police personnel in commando uniform from Aitlang area, a few kilometres from Mizoram's Vairengte village.
According to the letter, the incident took place on Thursday afternoon when Lalnarammawia and others were working at a road construction site.
The letter alleged that Assam police went to the spot, disrupted construction work and damaged the earth excavator that was hired by farmers for road construction.
Policemen also snatched the excavator's key from the operator, who was blindfolded and kidnapped, the letter read.
"He was then dragged to the river and threatened. His mobile phone along with JCB keys was taken by the Assam Police," the DC claimed.
In the letter, the Kolasib DC urged Assam officials to intervene and take necessary action against those involved in the "kidnapping", and also asked to return the items allegedly seized by Assam police to the earth excavator operator at the earliest.
(Edited by Aparmita Das)
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