Aizwal/Guwahati, March 10: Another shocking incident of police brutality has come to fore after a Mizoram based female journalist along with her colleagues were mercilessly beaten up by the Assam Police at the Assam-Mizoram border area in Kachurthal.
Reports informed that a protest by Mizo students on Assam-Mizoram border dispute turned violent on Saturday as Assam Police and other security personnel resorted to baton-charge and firing.
Emmy Lawbei who works as a journalist for a national TV channel, on Saturday while covering Assam-Mizoram border conflict was mercilessly beaten up by the police despite she repeatedly kept on showing her ID card to the duty officer.
Lawbei also tried to explain the duty officer that she is there to cover the incident.
However, Lawbei shared her ordeal on Facebook. She wrote, “I was travelling from Aizawl at 6 am along with other reporters. All the journalists were ahead of the students. There was some verbal exchange followed by lathi charge. Police started chasing us, beating everyone on the way,” she posted.
Lawbei said that police continued beating them even after they told them that they were journalists and not protesters.
She further wrote in her post, “I screamed and said I’m a journalist but they keep beating us. I felt a sharp pain on my butt, back and my arms.”
It may be mentioned that the Assam administration had imposed section 144 of the CrPc on March 7 with immediate effect in certain pockets of Hailakandi district (Assam), bordering Mizoram to keep check on the encroachment attempts from the other side.
Sources also said that Lawbei was immediately rushed to Bairabi Hospital for primary treatment.