Mamit Deputy Commissioner Dr.Lalrozama, IAS, who is also the Chairman of the District Level Task Force, alongwith other district officials, today visited Zomuantlang Village, where two 5th IR Bn. personnel were recently attacked by miscreants from the Chakma community.

Mamit DC Dr.Lalrozama said it was very unfortunate that the two IR Constables, namely, Zairemmawia and C. Lalhruaitluanga, were assaulted by the miscreants on 18th April, 2020 (Saturday) evening, while on duty at Zomuantlang of guarding the state borders against COVID-19. It was even more unfortunate that such an incident of communal clash had to happen at a time when the whole world was dedicated to battling the spread of COVID-19, the DC said. Addressing the inhabitants of Zomuantlang, he added that it was rather a time when all the citizens of India, as well as those residing in Mizoram, must stand united and urged the village inhabitants to give full cooperation and join hands in fighting the spread of the disease.

Mamit DC Dr.Lalrozama lauded the tireless efforts on the part of the police, the armed forces and the volunteers to guard the state's borders and thanked them for their selfless sacrifice to protect Mizoram from COVID-19.

The Mamit Dy. Commissioner and other district officials also visited the neighbouring village of Kawnpui-I on Tripura side of the border, where the house of one Anil Chakma was gutted by fire. They were joined by Tripura Police Service officer Francis Darlong, who was there on behalf of the North Tripura SP, for the inspection. In the backdrop of recent communal tensions in the area, the Mamit district official team was informed that thorough investigation into the fire was being pursued by the Tripura Police. Apparently, Anil Chakma was not at home but away in his field when the fire broke out and thus, the actual reason for his house catching fire was hard to know. The Tripura Police officials, however, assured that inquiry was being dilligently done and FIR will be registered against the culprits.

The need for careful scrutiny of half-truths and rumours being spread by some persons via social media that could stir up further communal  disharmony was also discussed at this meeting. The Mamit SP requested his Tripura police counterparts to search out and arrest the responsible persons trying to brew ill-will between the two communities through instigating posts and comments on social media. As of now, there has been no further trouble in Zomuantlang Village and the inter-state border is being guarded by both the Mizoram and Tripura Police.

Mamit District DC also held a meeting with the members of the Zomuantlang Village Level Task Force today, and handed over bags of rice and daal, besides discussing problems faced by them in their vigil along the border.