Fresh firing triggers tension on Assam-Mizoram border in India

Mizoram (India), August 18, 2021 (PPI-OT):In India, three weeks after a violent clash between police forces of the Indian disturbed states of Assam and Mizoram, an incident of firing escalated tension on the disputed inter-state border again. Mizoram alleged that personnel of the Assam Police fired on its civilians injuring one, while the neighbouring state claimed that its men in uniform only returned the fire after miscreants from the other side of the border sprayed bullets on them.

Seven persons, including six Assam Police personnel, were killed and over 50 others injured in the clash between the forces of the two North-eastern Indian states on July 26. Mizoram’s Kolasib district Deputy Commissioner H Lalthlangliana said Tuesday’s incident occurred at the disputed Aitlang area bordering Assam’s Hailakandi district when three residents of Vairengte town went there to collect meat from a friend, a resident of Bilaipur in Assam, who invited them to come. One person was injured in the firing by Assam Police personnel who were guarding the inter-state border, he said.

Hailakandi SP Gaurav Upadhyay said an exchange of fire took place, but declined to share details. “No casualty has been reported on both sides,” he said. A senior district official, however, said the miscreants from the Mizoram side showered bullets in darkness from the top of Darasing Hills when workers were constructing a road leading to the border from Bilaipur. “In reply to the firing from the Mizoram side, Assam Police personnel also fired several rounds,” the official said. Assam’s Barak Valley districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi share a 164-km border with Mizoram’s three districts of Aizawl, Kolasib and Mamit.

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