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Student killed in police firing in Mizoram’s Chakma region headquarters

Police sources said a mob of between 300 to 400 people gathered outside the police station after police detained nine student and youth leaders an hour ahead of the 6 am-to-6 pm bandh call.

Written by Adam Halliday | Aizawl |
Updated: August 4, 2015 2:34:27 pm
Mizoram5 The bandh was called to protest against the alleged wrongful recruitment of government employees by the Chakma Autonomous District authorities. Adam Halliday/Indian Express

A 11th standard student was killed in police firing meant to disperse a mob that surrounded the Chawngte/Kamalanagar police station after youth and student leaders were detained ahead of a planned 12-hour bandh to protest against the alleged wrongful recruitment in government jobs.

The deceased has been identified as Agosh Chakma, 20, a native of Old Baseisora town in the Chakma Autonomous District.

Police sources said a mob of between 300 to 400 people gathered outside the police station after police detained nine student and youth leaders an hour ahead of the 6 am-to-6 pm bandh call. The mob has completely ransacked the residences of several Executive Members of the CADC and destroyed vehicles beloging to them, according to police sources and Chief Executive Member Buddhalila Chakma. The situation has now calmed down somewhat with a meeting of student and union leaders with the administration about to commence in an open field.

The Central Young Chakma Association and the Mizoram Chakma Students Union had called the bandh to protest against the alleged wrongful recruitment of government employees by the Chakma Autonomous District authorities.

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Leaders of the two groups were among those detained. The mob surrounded the police station and pelted stones at the building. Police eventually resorted to firing.

At least 11 rounds were fired, of which one 9mm bullet hit Agosh Chakma between one eye and a ear, according to a policeman at the scene.

Police sources said there are just about 40 policemen stationed in the Chawngte/Kamalanagar area and they are hard-pressed to contain the mob violence.

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First published on: 04-08-2015 at 12:55:45 pm
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