Assam-Mizoram border clash: Bandh affects normal life in Barak Valley
SILCHAR/ HAILAKANDI- Normal life in the three districts of Assam”s Barak Valley was completely affected on Wednesday due to a 12-hour bandh called in protest of Assam-Mizoram border clash in which seven people, including six policemen, were killed .
Seven people have been killed and 50 others, including an SP, injured in a bloody clash along the Mizoram-Assam inter-state border on Monday.
The bandh, called by Barak Democratic Front (BDF) and supported by political outfits including opposition AIUDF and social organisations, was “total” and there was no report of any untoward incident from any district, another official said.
All business establishments remained closed. Only few vehicles plied on the roads of Mizoram-bordering Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts. Even as emergency services were exempted from the purview of the Barak Valley bandh that began at 5 AM.
Train services, however, have remained unaffected so far, a spokesperson of the Northeast Frontier (NF) Railway said.
Several social organisations in Hailakandi district blocked the roads leading to Mizoram and launched an indefinite “economic blockade” to prevent the movement of goods-carrying trucks to the neighbouring state.
A Congress delegation, led by LOP Debabrata Saikia, stopped by Assam Police from visiting border area at Lailapur of Cachar district where the clash was occured, citing security issues.
Only the residents of the area are allowed to move. It is a conflict zone & for everyone it is the same thing. Our own CM yesterday didn’t move to the conflict zone, said Ramandeep Kaur, SP Cachar.
The death toll in the clash increased to seven on the previous day as critically injured Shyamprasad Dusat of the 6th Assam Police Battalion succumbed to his abdominal bullet injury at Silchar Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday night.