A complete shutdown is underway in the Barak Valley of Assam condemning the incident of Mizoram Police opening fire in a clash that led to the death of six Assam Police personnel and a civilian.

The 12-hour shutdown has been successful thus far with all establishments keeping their shutters down in the three districts of Barak Valley: Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj.

The shutdown was called by Barak Democratic Front (BDF). The shutdown started at 5 in the morning of Wednesday and will continue till 5pm.

The people in the Barak Valley have responded to the Bandh call in total. Streets in all the towns and villages of the three Barak Valley districts are wearing a deserted look.

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Tensions have been running high in Assam and Mizoram following clashes between the police forces of the two states along the inter-state border on Monday. 

Earlier on Tuesday, Assam chief minister claimed that Mizoram Police had opened fire with light machine guns (LMGs) that claimed the lives of six Assam Police personnel and one civilian. 

“Mizoram had opened fire with light machine guns (LMGs) for about 30 to 35 minutes,” the Assam chief minister had said. 

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