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Students hurt in clash on border

Aizawl: Tension escalated along the Mizoram-Assam border on Thursday following Mizoram's apex student body, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl's attempt to construct a shed on what they claimed to be the territory of the state.

Sources said several students, including three students and three journalists, were injured in the lathicharge by Assam police, who allegedly used force to foil the students' move.

A large number MZP activists and local leaders of Bairabi on Thursday moved to Zophai in Bairabi on the northwestern Mizoram-Assam border as the Assam government clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144, CrPC to prevent people from fanning tension.

At least 15 people were wounded in the Assam police lathicharge, sources said. After a long tussle, the students left the area.

The Mizoram Journalists' Association (MJA) an umbrella association of all journalists in Mizoram, said its members were physically attacked by Assam police during a clash with the students and demanded an apology from the Assam government.

A statement issued by the association said six of its members went to the spot to cover the incident and they were holding press identity cards.

All the top civil and police officials of Hailakandi were stationed on the border on Wednesday following threats from organisations of both states. A senior police official said the situation was now under control.

Additional reporting by our correspondent in Hailakandi

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