Assam claims Mizoram Police used light machine guns on civilians and officials; 6 cops killed, over 50 hurt
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also released a video in which he claimed that Mizoram police and goons were celebrating after killing 6 Assam Police personnel and injuring many.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has claimed that Mizoram police opened fire at his state officials using light machine guns during the confrontation that was witnessed at the border of the two states on Monday.
Countering Mizoram's claim that Assam police instigated the violence, Chief Minister Himanta said that six of his police personnel were killed while over 50 have been injured. Among the injured is Cachar Superintendent of Police Vaibhav Nimbalkar.
Assam claimed that Mizoram breached the existing status quo when it began constructing a road towards Rengti Basti in Assam, destroying the Inner Line Reserve Forest in the Lailapur area. Mizoram also set up a new armed camp on a hillock next to the camp of the Central Reserve Police Force.
The Assam government said that in response to Mizoram's breach of agreement, the high-level team of its officials had visited the site on Monday morning.
"However, the team was surrounded and attacked by miscreants from Mizoram side, which was visibly supported by the Mizoram Police. The aggressive posturing of the mob and the fact that they were brandishing weapons is seen in all available video footage. The mo pelted stones on Assam officials and destroyed three vehicles, including the District Collector's car. Mizoram Police fired tear gas shells on the team," the Assam government said in a statement released late night.
Himanta also released a video in which he claimed that Mizoram police and goons were celebrating after killing 5 Assam Police personnel and injuring many.
The state government claims that around 4:30 pm, even when the talks were on between the two sides, Mizoram Police opened fire on Assam officials and civilians who had gathered there, from two dominating high features with automatic weapons, including Light Machine Guns.
The Assam government said that the fact that there were no casualties in the Mizoram side showed the restraint exercised by its police force. It also urged Mizoram to "restrain its people and police personnel from indulging in wanton violence."