GUWAHATI: Tension and war of words between Assam and Mizoram continued on Saturday as a bomb blast hit a Bengali-medium school near Saihapui V village in Mizoram’s Kolasib district bordering Assam late on Thursday night.
As per reports, Mizoram DIG (Northern Range) Lalbiakthanga Khiangte told media that unknown miscreants used gelatin to destroy the building. He reportedly added that a criminal case was registered at Vairengte police station under various sections.
The damaged school building is close to the Saihaipui V Village task force duty post, which was dismantled by a mob from Hawaithang and surrounding villages on October 17 with the help of Assam Police officials, the DIG was quoted in a national daily.
Immediately reacting to the news item, Assam’s Silchar MP Rajdeep Roy in a tweet informed that the school which was reportedly attacked was located in Assam. The MP tweeted: “Strongly condemn such reporting which is biased and grossly false! DIG #Mizoram’s statement smacks of ulterior motive! The area is in #Assam and the school is being run by GoA since 1971.”
Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma too immediately shared the developments with Uniomn Home Minister Amit Shah and Mizoram chief minister Pu Zoramthanga.
Tension has been continued between the two neighbouring states for over two weeks now. Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have intervened and spoken to the chief ministers of both the states, the situation remained volatile on the ground. However, movements of trucks carrying essentials to Mizoram which had remained blocked resumed after the intervention of the Centre.