Tension along border after Mizoram police firing injures two Tripura men
Agartala, Jan 1 (UNI): Tension has mounted along the Tripura-Mizoram border after the Mizoram police on Friday allegedly fired on a 39-year-old man and his son hailing from Tripura who had ventured into a forest for livelihood.
The firing allegedly took place after a brief altercation between the Mizoram police and the Tripura duo, who had gone into the forest which is in Mizoram.
Police said Ramai Reang (39) of Lungthir village under Vangmun police station managed to flee and took shelter at Khedacherra police station at the inter-state border while his son Ratendra Reang (18) was shifted to Aizawl civil hospital with critical bullet injuries.
According to the report, Ramai has been involved in shifting cultivation and on Friday along with his son, trespassed into Mizoram territory. The on-duty policemen detained them and they got into an altercation with police. Allegedly, a policeman suddenly opened fire from his service revolver.
Ramai told the police that his son who was shot thrice could not return, as he fell. The police admitted him to Khedachhara hospital and later shifted him to North Tripura district hospital at Dharmanagar with bullet injuries in his leg.
He claimed they had been working in Mizoram villages even before Christmas in between their engagement in shifting cultivation in the hills. Like on previous days, a police officer allegedly called them to work in his garden. After they reached, the policeman asked them to buy liquor, which triggered an altercation.
Meantime, a policeman posted there had opened fire on them in which Ratendra sustained three bullet injuries on his shoulder, leg and one in the navel. The father ran away after he was shot in the leg from behind.
However, the Superintendent of Police (North Tripura) said both the father and son are out of danger and details have been sought from Mizoram police.
The state police have also launched an investigation based on Ramai’s complaint.