Assam-Mizoram Border Tension; Man Dies in Custody

Intazul Laskar (45) also known as Intyaz Ali, a renowned drug peddler under custody in Mizoram from Assam’s Cachar district died on Monday which raised the tension between the two Northeastern states.
Laskar was arrested on Sunday evening after he crossed the inter-state border to deliver a consignment of goods, said Vanlalfaka Ralte, Mizoram’s Kolasib district Superintendent of Police.
Volunteers of Young Mizo Association (YMA) caught Ali when he was handing over the drug consignment to two locals in Mautui Zau forest area in Vairengte on Sunday afternoon.
While trying to escape from the volunteers, he got injuries on both sides of his ankle joint after he jumped down from two gorges.
Later Ali was handed over by the YMA volunteers to Excise and Narcotics department, where he was booked under section 21 (a) of Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 after the arrest.
Ali after was admitted to a Community Health Centre (CHC) in Vairengte he became weak, later died at 10:30 am on Monday.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah about the matter and the ongoing tension between the States.
He also announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, it said.
Meanwhile, Cachar district SP Bhanwar Lal Meena has asked for an investigation following the NHRC guidelines applicable in the case of custodial death in written to his Kolasib counterpart.