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Assam-Mizoram border tension: Effigy of Mizoram CM burnt in Silchar, demand for economic blockade echoed

By Staff Correspondent
Assam-Mizoram border tension: Effigy of Mizoram CM burnt in Silchar, demand for economic blockade echoed

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Silchar, July 28: Protesting the clash at the Assam-Mizoram interstate border on Monday annoyed people of Silchar staged a rally and burnt effigy of Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga outside the Mizoram House here on Wednesday.

It may be mentioned in the incident, as many as six jawans of Assam Police sacrificed their lives fighting to safeguard the land and former Cachar SP Vaibhav Nimbalkar IPS along with 42 other police persons sustained injuries and some civilians of the state were also injured.

With placards in hands criticizing Mizoram Police and condemning the clash, the protesters echoed "we want justice for the martyred policemen and injured police officials. " The protesters, mostly students and youths, rallied from Rangirkhari point and reached a place outside the Mizoram House which was decked up with heavy security cover and voiced their annoyance. Later, they burnt the effigy of the Mizoram Chief Minister.

" We urge the people to be in agreement regarding economic blockade and cut off ties with Mizoram which would be a befitting reply to the neighboring state for what it has done with people of Assam and our brave police persons," said Basudev Sharma.

Interestingly, while Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma urged people to stand in unity amidst such crucial circumstances and said that Assam cannot open fire on the fellow citizens even if people of Assam may die in protecting the land, the student protesters maintained "if this be the situation that no retaliation measures cannot be adopted, the Ministers and leaders should reach the border and face bullets." Rohit Chanda, a student, demanded that those involved in the firing incident in which six brave Assam police jawans died must be identified and punished. The students further demanded that a watch tower should be constructed in the areas along the interstate border so that the commandos could do their duty with ease and such violence could be averted.

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