Mizoram Home Minister R Lalzirliana on Sunday said that a magisterial inquiry would be instituted to inquire the incident at Lunglei town in Mizoram where a mob attacked district court buildings, offices and a residential building on Thursday. Lalzirliana told media that the state government would take stern action against those people found guilty in the inquiry.
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Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Ajit Singh had said that the law enforcement mechanism had ‘failed immensely’ in Mizoram resulting in hooligans trespassing the court buildings and ransacking the court offices and residence of court officers by a mob in Lunglei.
In a letter to state Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Friday, the Chief Justice said that he was shocked at the untoward incident which could not be accepted at all and was a slur on the administration, reflecting the immense failure of the law enforcement mechanism.
He said that unless a stern action was taken immediately, the incident would encourage future similar adversities.
Earlier, the Gauhati High Court withdrew all the judges in Lunglei district and attached them with the District and Sessions Judge, Aizawl district following the mob violence in Lunglei district court premises.
The order for withdrawing the judges came after a mob belonging to Zohnuai locality of Lunglei attacked district court buildings with stones and bricks and also ransacked the official residence of the Civil Judge.
Local people of Zohnuai gathered in front of the district court demanding to ‘see’ the face of Stephen Lalchawiliana (26) who was to be produced before the court for allegedly killing C. Lalsawmliana (33) of Zohnuai locality of Lunglei on August 27.
The crowd turned unruly after learning that the accused was already remanded to judicial custody for further period by holding a camp court inside the District Jail.