Bomb blast along Assam-Mizoram border; Assam police to hand over incident to Central Agency

A recent instance of bomb blast in a school in Lailapur along Assam-Mizoram border may be an attempt to terrorize the locals, said Assam Police additional Director General (law and order) GP Singh. Assam police will request to hand over the probe of this incident to the central agency.

There was flare up along the Assam-Mizoram border recently which crippled the movement of trucks and there was additional deployment of forces from the Mizoram side.

Singh visited the border areas and while talking to media persons said, “An explosion had taken place in a school. I had a discussion with the Superintendent of police of Kolashib districts. We have seen the additional police post set up by Mizoram. There is a feeling that a bomb explosion might be an attempt to terrorize the locals. I have asked the superintendent of police of Cachar to file a case under section of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in the court.”

He added, “In investigation it has come and discussed with SP kolashib, those triggering the explosion might be from Mizoram. We have discussed with police headquarters as it involves a case under Unlawful activities, we will request to transfer the case to a central agency.”

Sonai Circle Officer, Sudeep Nath visited Lailapur in Cachar district close to the Assam-Mizoram interstate border on Thursday and held discussion with the local residents and truck drivers who are unwilling to ply their vehicles to Mizoram.

The Assam government in a statement stated Nath, who visited Lailapur as per Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli’s instructions, urged the local people to withdraw the blockade so that movement on the National Highway is normalized. The truckers said they were scared of going to Mizoram side, especially after the blast which took place recently. Locals, too, refused to withdraw the blockade and made it clear that they would not do so until a permanent solution.

Lailapur, which falls under Dholai Assembly constituency, has been on the boil after about 20 shops and houses were burnt. A number of people were injured in clashes which happened in the wake of the incident.

In another incident, a school was demolished in a blast at Lailapur recently.

A large number of local residents and truck drivers blocked the Assam-Mizoram national highway in protest against the incident.