AIZAWL, March 28 – Three armed policemen were killed and five others injured today when suspected militants belonging to Hmar People’s Convention-Democracy attacked members of an Assembly panel in Zokhawthiang in Aizawl district bordering Manipur, police said.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Northern Range, LT Hrangchal said that RL Pianmawia, Chairman of the ‘Mizoram Assembly Committee on Government Assurances’ and two other members – Lalthanliana and lone woman legislator Vanlalawmpuii Chawngthu – accompanied by State Assembly officials were on official tour to the area when the militants ambushed their vehicle at around 8.30 am.
Three people, including Sub-Inspector Zoramthara Khawlhring, driver Chuailova and constable Hmangaihmawia, all belonging to the First battalion of the Mizoram Armed Police (MAP), died, he said.
Five people including Sub-Divisional Police Officer of Sakawrdai, Zarzoliana suffered bullet injuries in the ambush.
Besides him, Havildar Vanthuama, Lalchhuanmawma (driver of the Committee chairman RL Pianmawia), Constable Lalkhawngaiha and peon of the Assembly Secretariat Zohminga were injured, the DIG said. The injured persons were being brought by helicopter to Aizawl for medical treatment.
The three legislators and other officials were reported to be safe.
The Assembly committee members were stated to have been guarded by a few armed policemen and accompanied by SDPO Zarzoliana and Zoramthanga Khawlhring when the ambush took place.
The HPC (D) militants seized two AK-47 Assault Rifles and four pistols from the policemen before escaping across the Mizoram-Manipur-Assam border. – PTI