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Trouble continues in Assam-Mizoram border

Press Trust of India  |  Hailakandi (Assam)/Aizawl 

Trouble continued along Assam-border today with the Police alleging that a student was injured in firing on a group by the Police at Zopui, while the latter denied the charge and claimed that the protesters were only pushed back when they tried to intrude into the state.

The Police claimed that one student was injured in firing by the Police at Zopui near Mizoram-border town of

Several other members of the Zirlai Pawl (MZP), the apex students body, were also injured as security forces in Assam resorted to lathicharge at Zopui locality of the town, the said.

The MZP said its members were trying to construct a rest house in the land of the late Ch Chhunga, first of the state, at Zopui in district.

Assam's Hailakandi district Adil Khan, however, said, "We have acted with utmost restraint and applied minimum force to push back the MZP members when they intruded into Assam's territory."

Asserting that no excesses were committed by the district administration on the MZP activists, Khan said there is no report of any to anyone.

The has clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC in certain pockets of the district, apprehending encroachment attempts from the Mizoram side, on March 7.

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

The said one MZP activist received bullet in the leg by the personnel while shooting around eight rounds to disperse around 100 students. Several other students were injured in the lathi-charge.

They said the student activists have been camping in the area to construct the rest house called 'Zofate Chawlhbuk' since March 8 where a large number of Assam's Reserve Battalion were deployed to prevent them from doing so.

The Hailakandi DC, who is at the spot since this morning, said MZP activists entered into Assam's territory at Kachurthal and attacked personnel of the and para military forces leading to a mild lathi-charge.

"We have ensured not an inch of Assam's land is encroached upon," he said.

Meanwhile, opposition parties in Mizoram condemned of failing to protect the state's territory.

Earlier, Assam's Additional Chief Secretary, Home and Political, had 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.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 19:15 IST