Tensions along the Assam-Mizoram border seems to have escalated once again on Friday after operator of an excavator was allegedly assaulted by the personnel Assam Police on Thursday.

This was alleged by deputy commissioner of Kolasib district in Mizoram – H Lalthlangliana in a letter written to his Hailakandi counterpart in Assam.

“..at Aitlang in Pu Lalngaisanga’s land where road construction connecting jhum land is undertaken by the farmers using Excavator JCB Reg. No. MZ05 A 4464, Assam Police went to disrupt their activity and damaged the door of Excavator and snatched the keys from the JCB operator Pu Lalnarammawia,” Kolasib DC – H Lalthlangliana said in his letter to Hailakandi DC.

“He was then dragged by the river, ripped off his clothes and threatened for his life. His mobile Phone along with JCB keys was taken by the Assam Police,” the Kolasib DC added.

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“This is considered a very serious issue and a huge setback towards the initiatives for peace until now; and can further aggravate using forces between the deployed forces around this area,” the Kolasib DC added.

Meanwhile, the Assam government has denied the allegations levelled by the Mizoram’s Kolasib district administration.

Reacting on the allegations, SP of Hailakandi district in Assam – Gourav Upadhyay said that personnel of the state police did not assault any Mizo worker.

“The allegation by Mizoram’s Kolasib district administration are baseless and malafide. It is an attempt by Mizoram administration to divert attention from the issue of illegal construction by Mizoram authorities on Assam territory,” the Hailakandi SP said.

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