- Assam police lathi-charged the Mizo Zirlai Pawl members who were working on the reconstruction of a rest house at an area which is said to be disputed
- Lathi-charge claimed the injury of about 20 persons. Among the injured, 15 were taken to the nearby public health center in Bairabi
In a lathi-charge done by the Assam Police, at least 20 persons including two journalists were injured earlier on Thursday. As per the reports, the Assam police lathi-charged the Mizo Zirlai Pawl members who were working on the reconstruction of a rest house at an area which is said to be disputed, along the Mizoram-Assam border near Bairabi town in Kolasib district.
Recent reports suggest that the situation near the Mizoram border town of Bairabi is not normal and the people have been furious after the Assam police lathi-charged the students from Mizoram who were trying to reconstruct a rest shed. The rest shed was demolished by the Assam Police on Feb 27, 2018.
On Thursday morning, the students gathered in the count of seventy and volunteered to reconstruct the rest house. The students reached the site earlier on Thursday morning. Following the news of the gathering of the students, about 500 Assam police officials were deployed at the venue and the district magistrate of Hailakandi district imposed CrPCC 144 in the area.
The student body was not willing to give up on the reconstruction of the rest house and soon after the Assam police resorted to lathi charge so that they could disperse the students and other people who were being persistent at the venue. As per the reports, the lathi-charge claimed the injury of about 20 persons. Among the injured, 15 were taken to the nearby public health center in Bairabi.
To mention, the late wife of the first chief minister of Mizoram Ch Chhunga, Lalrothangi had donated a paddy field to the MZP on which, the student body built a rest shed to help the farmers working nearby. The student body complted the construction work on Feb 27, 2018 by getting the help of villagers from the border town of Bairabi in Kolasib district.
The rest shed couldn’t stand for long as it got allegedly demolished by the Assam Police and Forest department officials on the same night. L Ramdinliana Renthlei, president of the MZP said,
“Until and unless we rebuild the rest shed, we will camp here in this land which is belonged to us. All land revenues and taxes levied from this area are being paid to the Mizoram government which validated that it belongs to Mizoram. We are not going home until the rest shed is rebuild or until the Mizoram government and Assam government take the matter up on the administration table”.
The MZP President further added, “The British Rajs maintained the inner line reserve as no man’s land to ensure that the lesser tribes of the Mizos were secure from the assimilation of the dominant plain people, the Assam Police and Forest department are encroaching the reserve lines everywhere and claimed that it belongs to them.”
Till now, no action has been reportedly taken by the Mizoram government. However, the Home Minister of Mizoram has appealed to the leaders of the MZP not to reconstruct the rest shed as it could intensify the tension along the border area of Assam and Mizoram.
(News Input from NE Now)
(Featured Image Source: Zoram Observer)