by NEWSNER , 2021-07-27 13:58:57
According to a notification, Assam will observe a three-day state of mourning beginning Tuesday to commemorate the deaths of five police officers and one civilian in a border confrontation with Mizoram the day before. The national flag will be flown at half-mast during this time, and there will be no public entertainment, according to the directive issued by the General Administration Department.
Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, spoke with the chief ministers of Assam and Mizoram, Himanta Biswa Sarma and Zoramthanga, respectively, and encouraged them to maintain peace along the disputed border and reach an amicable conclusion.
On Tuesday, Sarma paid floral tributes to the five killed police officers in Silchar. The chief minister had earlier in the day paid a visit to the Silchar Medical College and Hospital, where he met police officers injured in the incident.
Officials said the chief minister is also likely to visit the inter-state border, where the situation is "tense but under control."
On Monday, when unrest along the inter-state border in Cachar district increased, at least six Assam Policemen were murdered in fire by miscreants from neighbouring Mizoram. At least 50 troops, including Cachar Superintendent of Police Nimbalkar Vaibhav Chandrakant, were hurt in the firing and stone-pelting, according to a top Assam Police officer who was inside the jungle amid constant firing from across the border.