Amid indefinite curfew and violent protests in the Maibang area of Dima Hasao, as many as five trains heading for Silchar and Guwahati were cancelled, paralysing the normal life. As protestors went on a rampage, the police resorted to firing, in which allegedly two persons were killed. The bandh was called from January 26, 5 am to January 28, 5 am by a number of groups protesting the police firing. Reports suggest that violence broke out after a document drafted by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionary suggesting separate development authorities for the Nagas Dima Hasao, as per NDTV. However, RSS leader Jagdamba Mall said the views expressed in the document were personal. The groups have also demanded a written statement from the government on the ‘Nagalim’ issue in the context of the hill district.
While, Mitunjoy Dibragede (33) died on the way, Probanta Hakmaosa (27) lost his life at the GNRC Hospital this morning, an official has said. A wooden bridge in the violence-hit area was also set ablaze. Protesters are also demanding immediate suspension of the deputy commissioner and the superintendent of police besides payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the 10 injured in yesterday’s police firing.
Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Mukesh Agarwal held a meeting to review the situation in presence of the deputy commissioner, district police officials, members of North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council and various students union.
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Earlier, the protestors had blocked trains at Maibang station, broke windowpanes of a train, damaged properties at the station and removed tracks. In a bid to disperse the mob, police initially lathicharged and then fired in the air.
Officials claimed that police had to open fire as the mob was unrelenting and continued their violence by damaging vehicles of the deputy commissioner’s cavalcade. Later, the district administration clamped indefinite curfew in Maibang area.