Following the incident, the Imphal West magistrate imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC in some areas of Naorem Leikai/ Representational Image

Kohima: Tension prevailed along the Assam-Nagaland border following the recovery of a body of a missing driver, who hailed from Halwating in Assam, near Tuli in Mokokchung district of on Thursday.

As per police reports, a Mahindra Bolero was hired on January 15 to ferry passengers from Assam to Nagaland. After the Tuli Police was alerted about the missing driver, a search operation was initiated and, later, the police recovered a body from the outskirts of the town near the Wameken Yimsen village.

While the deceased was identified as Juljar Ali (25), the vehicle was reportedly found at Chuchuyimlang village on January 16.

As per reports, people living in the border areas staged a road blockade that prevented vehicular movement from Nagaland side, protesting against the ‘gruesome murder’ after the body reached Assam.

Meanwhile, Imsongmeren Imsong, ADC, Tuli assured normalcy in the area after DC, Sivasagar and police officials intervened to call off the road blockade staged by the drivers’ union of Halwating. While the vehicle is still in custody of Tuli police, the body is reportedly handed over to the relatives of the victim after an autopsy was conducted.

Police sources say that the motive behind the alleged killing of the driver was to hijack the vehicle.

Meanwhile, for commuters plying along the Tuli- Assam Road (NH-02), a travel advisory has been notified to avoid ‘unnecessary harassment’.

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