GUWAHATI: Amidst boiling tension between Assam-Mizoram, miscreants allegedly from the Mizoram side have once again bombed yet another school located on the Assam side of the border on Friday night.
This was the second time a school has been bombed inside Assam within a month along the Assam-Mizoram borders. Earlier, a school in the Khulicherra area was bombed on October 24 too.
Police said that Upper Painom upgraded LP School located in Upper Painom Village under Hawaithang post office was bombed. Locals claimed that the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRBn) personnel from Mizoram were present at the school campus.
DIG Southern Range, Assam Police Dilip Kumar Dey informed media that the school was bombed at around 1:30 am on Friday night.
After hearing about the blast, when the headmaster of the school identified as one Dhrubojyoti Das had gone to inspect the school in the morning but was not allowed to visit the site.
Official sources said that as per the state government’s records, the Upper Painom upgraded LP School was established in 2009 and managed by the state’s education department. The school consisted of grades from 1 to 5. The school was registered under Cachar district of Assam.
Following the first bomb blast at Khulicherra school, Assam chief secretary Jishnu Baruah had said that a Central agency, possibly National Investigation Agency (NIA), would investigate the matter.
However, state government has not ordered any fresh direction after Friday’s incident.
Former Congress MP Sushmita Dev reacting to the situation said, “The situation on the Assam Mizoram border is volatile. Land has been forcefully occupied and a school has been blown up in my constituency Cachar, Assam by the Mizo miscreants. Assam govt is failing and North East Democratic Alliance is a joke.”
On Thursday, Assam forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya said that Mizoram forces have been continuously and illegally occupying Assam land despite the state government has been requesting them to move back.
Suklabaidya said, “Even today their (Mizo) people are occupying 1.5 km of our land near the state border. We’ve been requesting them to go back.”
Tension along the Assam-Mizoram borders of Cachar and Karimganj district as Mizo forces have been occupying forest lands for over three weeks now. Though initially, the Mizo forces had set up temporary camps inside Assam’s territory saying it to be Covid19 screening camps, later denied leaving triggering tension.