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Assam police stops 'intruding' Mizo organisation workers

Press Trust of India 

Members of several organisations of today attempted to 'intrude' into a disputed area of district of and the police have stopped them, an government release said.

The incident occurred a day after district administration clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144, CrPc in certain pockets of district, apprehending encroachment attempts from the side.

Meanwhile, an Aizawl report said workers of the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) which is the Mizo apex student body, and the were lathi charged by the Police when they had gone to Zophai in district bordering Assam to attend a programme.

The MZP claimed at least 20 students were injured in the police action.

The Journalists' Association also claimed that six scribes who had gone there to cover the programme were attacked by the personnel though they had showed press cards.

The MZP said it had intended to construct a building inside a land owned by the family of Ch. Chhunga, the first chief minister of Mizoram.

Assam and Mizoram have a long-standing boundary dispute, and there had been tension in the Hailakandi- region several times in the past.

The release said around 50 activists of various organizations carrying machets, daggers and other weapons pelted stones at the police personnel and para military forces prompting a lathicharge.

There was no report of any serious injury, it said.

and other civil and police officers were present at the spot.

Tension has been prevailing there for some time as some Mizoram organizations had erected a shed and later a temporary checkpost at Assam's Kachurthal which were dismantled by the policemen, the release said.

The MZP claimed that the used force to prevent its activists from constructing a rest house inside the land once owned by Chhunga's family and later given to the MZP by his widow.

The Mizoram journalist's body demanded that Assam government provide compensation to the scribes who were victims of police brutality.

Assam's Additional Chief Secretary, Home and Political, asked his Mizoram counterpart to take immediate steps to avert any untoward incident and to maintain status quo along the interstate boundary.

The Hailakandi DC had also talked to his counterpart R Zarzosanga on the situation.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 23:55 IST