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Mizoram: Student killed in police firing

Police sources said over 300 protesters had gathered outside Chawngte police station after nine student leaders were detained ahead of a bandh in protest of the alleged illegal recruitment.

Written by Adam Halliday | Aizawl |
Updated: August 5, 2015 5:14:27 am

A 20-year-old student was killed in police firing Tuesday as violence erupted at Chawngte, also known as Kamalanagar, headquarters of Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) in south Mizoram during a protest over alleged wrongful recruitment in government jobs. The deceased, identified as Agosh Chakma (20), was a native of Old Baseisora town in Chakma Autonomous District.

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Police sources said over 300 protesters had gathered outside Chawngte police station after nine student leaders were detained ahead of a bandh in protest of the alleged illegal recruitment.

Sources said the protesters started pelting stones, forcing the police to open fire. At least 11 rounds were fired and a bullet hit Chakma, the sources added. After the student’s death, the mob ransacked a dozen homes of CADC members and damaged 21 vehicles. Several officials were reportedly manhandled.

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Police sources added that with just 40 policemen stationed in the Chawngte/Kamalanagar area, the security forces were hard-pressed to contain the mob violence. Reinforcements were later sent from Lawngtlai and Lunglei towns.

The violence abated at 12:30 pm after an agreement was reached between police and the protesters to give Rs 10 lakh compensation to the family of the deceased, and to immediately cancel all 101 appointments that led to the protest. It was also decided to order a probe into the violence and firing by the police.

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First published on: 05-08-2015 at 05:06:58 am
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