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Bomb blasts damage school in Assam’s Hailakandi district, close to Mizoram border

A senior official from Assam said that the local residents suspected that miscreants from "the other side of the border" were behind it.

Written by Tora Agarwala | Guwahati |
Updated: August 14, 2021 10:13:05 pm
Hailakandi SP Gaurav Upadhyay said the blasts, reported in the Sahebcherra area (roughly 1 km from the geographical boundary between two states), were “low-intensity” and caused no casualty.

A school in Assam’s Hailakandi district, close to the Mizoram border, was damaged after two bombs exploded in the area on Friday night, authorities said.

Hailakandi SP Gaurav Upadhyay said the blasts, reported in the Sahebcherra area (roughly 1 km from the geographical boundary between two states), were “low-intensity” and caused no casualty. “The two blasts were reported between 11.20 and 11.30 pm on Friday night — one bomb went off in the Pakua Punjee Lower Primary school, damaging its back wall, and the other exploded under a tree, about 1.5 km away,” he said.

A senior official from Assam said that the local residents suspected that miscreants from “the other side of the border” were behind it. “We have not made any contact with our Mizo counterparts — considering the sensitivity, immediate questioning will not be wise. However, we are investigating it,” the official said.

An official from Mizoram’s Mamit district said they had not received information about the incident.

Upadhyay added that a commandant rank officer, the officer-in-charge of the local police station, additional SP and armed police had been despatched to ground to take stock of the situation.

In February, another lower primary school had been bombed on the Assam side in Hailakandi district.

The explosions come just two weeks after the border flare-up between the two states.

 

Out of the 165-km-long Assam-Mizoram border, disputed at several points, Hailakandi district accounts for 99.1 km, which it shares with Mizoram’s Mamit and Kolasib districts.

Tensions between the two states stem from demarcation of the border done on two different dates and started as far back as 1994 but has flared up more frequently over the last two years. However, the most violent standoff was reported on July 26, where six Assam policemen had been killed in a disputed area along the border of Cachar (Assam) and Kolasib (Mizoram) districts.

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