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Arunachal youth attacked in Assam

- Assault feared to be retaliatory action

Itanagar, Aug. 2: A first-year college student from Arunachal Pradesh was assaulted by four men at Chapakhowa in Tinsukia district of Assam, along the inter-state boundary, yesterday in a possible reaction to an attack on an Assam youth earlier.

Asip Mihu, 19, a student from Lower Dibang Valley district headquarters of Anini, was on his way to Roing in the district from Tinsukia in an Arunachal state transport bus when it was stopped by four men. One of them allegedly took him outside the bus and attacked him.

A source, quoting Asipís brother, said the man was looking for an Arunachali from a particular community and when Asip identified himself, he was taken out of the bus where three men were waiting. They started assaulting him without any warning or divulging the reasons for the attack.

Asipís brother alleged that IRB personnel were standing nearby but did not help.

Asip, who was seriously injured, managed to escape and took refuge in a nearby shop. The shopkeeper rescued him and gave him a ride on his motorbike and dropped him at the Arunachal police checkpost at Shantipur.

The shopkeeper avoided the highway and took Asip via an alternate route through small streams. He later explained the possible motive behind the attack to the family. According to him, it could be a reaction to an earlier alleged attack on a person from Assam in Arunachal Pradesh. He told Asipís family that some persons had been looking for Arunachali youths and all buses going from and coming to the state were being stopped.

The family has not registered a complaint with the police saying it would only be an inconvenience as the incident took place in Assam.

Patients from eastern parts of Arunachal Pradesh often travel to Tinsukia and Dibrugarh in Assam for better health services.

Yesterdayís incident left them stranded in the two cities as they were apprehensive of the return journey home.

People began returning today after Roing and Tezu MLAs Muthcu Mithi and Mohesh Chai got in touch with the police to escort people back safely.


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