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Assam-Manipur tussle: Militants gun down man along border in volatile Cachar district

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Assam-Manipur tussle: Militants gun down man along border in volatile Cachar district


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Key Highlights

  • The incident comes a day after two men, including an India Reserve Battalion personnel, were shot dead in Manipur’s Imphal West

  • The Gauhati High Court on Tuesday asked the Assam government to give a detailed affidavit of the number of police encounters in the state ever since the BJP returned to power in May 2021

Cachar: In a major flare up of law and order situation ahead of the 2022 Assembly elections in Manipur, a man was reportedly shot dead by suspected militants in the district bordering Assam.

“The incident took place under Jirighat police station limits in Cachar district. Further investigation is underway,” Cachar SP Ramandeep Kaur said.

The latest development has come barely a month ahead of the crucial Manipur Assembly elections.

The incident comes a day after two men, including an India Reserve Battalion (IRB) personnel, were shot dead in Manipur’s Imphal West, causing massive tension in the area.

Abujam John (50) and Abujam Sashikanta (34) were near their home when the accused, yet to be identified, shot them around 9 pm on Sunday in Samurou in the Wangoi police station area.

While, John died at the spot, Sashikanta, the IRB personnel, succumbed to his injuries en route to the hospital.

John was reportedly an active BJP member and worked for state agricultural minister O Lukhoi.

Meanwhile, the Gauhati High Court on Tuesday asked the Assam government to file a detailed affidavit stating the number of police encounters that have taken place ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party returned to power in May 2021.

The order was issued following a public interest litigation filed by advocate Arif Md Yeasin Jwadder, a High Court Bench. The bench hearing the matter comprises Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia and Justice Soumitra Saikia asked Assam Advocate General Devajit Lon Saikia.

“The Home and Political Department will prepare and file the affidavit,” the Advocate General told news agency PTI.

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