Assam Chief Minister and Mizoram Home Minister to visit border area

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Mizoram Home Minister to visit border area, day after 5 cops killed in clashes.

Five officers of the Assam Police were killed in clashes at the border with Mizoram, Chief Minister Himanta Sarma said on Monday after another bout of violence in the volatile area. Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken to Chief Ministers of both states.

Five policemen have died and more than 50 people have been injured, the Assam government said. The Superintendent of Police in Cachar district sustained bullet injuries.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who will visit Silchar today, tweeted that “clear evidences are emerging” that the Mizoram Police used Light Machine Guns against the Assam Police personnel. “This is sad, unfortunate and speaks volumes about the intention and gravity of the situation,” his tweet read.

In a statement, Assam accused Mizoram of building a road destroying a Reserve Forest area in Lailapur and setting up an armed camp. The state said their police forces were attacked by miscreants and later, the Mizoram police when they went to resolve the situation.