Guwahati, Feb 10: Six persons were injured and several houses gutted by miscreants following clashes between residents of a “disputed” area along the Assam-Mizoram boundary.
According to official sources, two groups were engaged in an altercation over the construction of a PMGSY road in Jalnacherra-Kachurthal area on Tuesday afternoon leading to a clash between them.
A section of people from Mizoram’s Kolasib district, which shares a boundary with Assam’s Hailakandi district, had reportedly opposed the construction of the road.
Hailakandi superintendent of police Pabindra Kumar Nath said that situation was under control even as some pressure groups staged a road blockade in the area in protest against the incident.
Three persons from Assam were injured in the clash when some miscreants from Mizoram attacked them after the altercation over road construction. One of them suffered mild injuries and was discharged from Katlicherra PHC. The other two were referred to Hailakandi Civil Hospital.
In retaliation, a section of people attacked the residence of a Principal of a missionary school at Gharmura, injuring him, his wife and daughter. They are from Mizoram and later shifted to Kolasib.
Meanwhile, with the onset of darkness, clashes erupted between two groups after a house was set on fire. The groups retreated after police fired in the air to disperse them. But during their retreat, at least 18 to 20 houses were set on fire.
There was however no casualty in the clashes, police said. Investigation is underway.
The situation along the Assam-Mizoram border has remained tense since August last year. Earlier this month, miscreants triggered twin blasts on the premises of Muliwala Lower Primary School in Hailakandi district.