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Bullet-riddled police posts, vandalised bus — images from site where Assam, Mizoram cops clashed

ThePrint brings you images from the site of the Assam-Mizoram clash that left six police personnel injured and 50 others injured.

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Lailapur, Vairengte: There is an uneasy calm at Vairengte, the site of a violent clash that broke out between the Assam and Mizoram police forces on 26 July, which left six personnel dead and 50 others injured.

Two 16×32 feet posts of Mizoram’s Indian Reserve Battalion in Vairengte in Mizoram are riddled with countless bullet marks. Bricks and stones are strewn across the National Highway 306 that connects Assam to Mizoram. A vandalised bus with ‘Mizoram’ sprayed on it in deep pink colour blocked the highway.

What had triggered the clash between the two police forces was an 8×8 feet under-construction post that the Mizoram Police was building atop a hillock for its personnel. While the Mizoram Police claimed they built the post to “secure their area”, the Assam Police claimed the post was being built in the Inner Line Forest reserve area, which was illegal.

According to eyewitnesses, a heated negotiation between representatives of the two forces turned into alleged heckling of Mizoram policemen who were chased away and then what followed was vandalism, lobbing of tear gas shells and a military-style ambush.

ThePrint’s Praveen Jain brings you images from the site of the clash.

Mizoram police watching from the top of a hill that is situated on the National Highway 306. The highway connects the two states | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Mizoram Police personnel watch from a hillock, adjacent to National Highway 306. The highway connects the two states | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Miscreants vandalised a bus travelling from Mizoram on National Highway 306 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Miscreants vandalised a bus travelling from Mizoram to Assam on NH 306 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Mizoram police stationed at the post | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Mizoram Police personnel stationed at the post | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

CRPF personnel at their camp at the Lailapur post | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
CRPF personnel at their camp at Lailapur post | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Kawngkhar post in the state of Mizoram | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A Mizoram Police post in the area where violence was reported on 26 July  | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Forces from two states | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A CRPF post located metres away from the Mizoram Police post | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Bullet marks on the walls of the shelter in the Kawngkhar post of Mizoram | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Bullet marks on the walls of the post constructed by Mizoram Police. Assam Police has said the post was constructed illegally on Assam’s forest land | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Mizoram Police
Mizoram Police watching from a hillock, adjacent to NH 306 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

CRPF making a temporary post at their camp in the Lailapur post | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
CRPF personnel constructing another post at Lailapur | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Mizoram police at the Kawngkhar post | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Mizoram Police at the disputed post | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Assam police watching on the top of the highway at their camp at Lailapur post
A CRPF camp at Lailapur  | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

CRPF personnel patrolling on the National Highway 306 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
CRPF personnel patrolling the National Highway 306 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Mizoram police watching at the Kawngkhar post | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Mizoram Police at the disputed post | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

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