Villagers standing in front of their torched house in Kawnpui village on Wednesday Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: A day after the Tripura police deployed huge security personnel near Kawnpui village in North Tripura district to avert an ethnic clash, both the Mizoram and Tripura police on Wednesday registered FIRs against their respective residents for creating panic among two communities.

A resident of Mizoram, TBC Lalvenchhunga, filed a complaint with Champai police station in Mizoram against five Tripura residents for spreading fake information, rumours against other communities creating tension along the state border.

Lalvenchhunga in his complaint copy wrote, “…few individuals who try to bring communal disharmony between community living across Mizoram and Tripura border by spreading false information, rumors and hearsay in the internet social media by maligning other community without evidence at a time where the country needs solidarity to fight the pandemic, COVID-19 [sic].”

The complaint was filed against five from the Chakma community — Atul P Chakma, Sadhan Chakma, Amit Chakma, Rina Chikma and Amisha Chakma — on Wednesday.

The complaint also cited that the individuals/ social media users are responsible for the escalation of current hostile situation along the Mizoram-Tripura border after the unfortunate incident in which Indian Reserve Battalion personnel from Mizoram were assaulted by a mob allegedly hailing from a Tripura village while they were keeping vigil to prevent cross-border movement.

Meanwhile, Anil Chakma, a resident, registered an FIR against leaders of two Mizo organisations including the president of Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) and the president of Young Mizo Association (YMA) along with 60 to 65 other persons who are residents of Jampui hills under North Tripura and west Phileng police station of Mizoram.

On Monday night, the house of a Chakma community member was set on fire by a group of miscreants in Kawnpui village following which the locals alleged that it was torched by people of Mizoram.

A case has been registered in this matter and investigation to ascertain the reason behind the incident is being conducted by the Kanchanpur sub-divisional police officer.

Earlier, the Mizoram police had filed a complaint against three individuals in connection with the clash that took place between the IRBn personnel and villagers. However, the local court granted them bail on their production on Monday.

Meanwhile, huge deployment of security forces was seen even on Wednesday along the Tripura-Mizoram border following the clash that erupted with the assault of two IRBn jawans by a group of Tripura villagers.

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