Stricter police vigil over unsafe NH 54

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Aizawl, Oct 24 (UNI) Concerned over frequent robberies on NH 54, the sole lifeline of Mizoram, state Food Minister convened a meeting at the Silchar Mizoram House on Saturday to ensure stricter vigil on the highway.

Official sources today said the meeting was convened among Silchar DC and SP, Silchar Truck Drivers' Association, BRTF, Kolasib(Mizoram) DC and SP and Mizoram House LO at the Silchar Mizoram House.

The minister emphasised the need for concerted efforts to bring an end to the frequent robberies that jeopardised the safety of passengers travelling on this highway.

The meeting unanimously resolved to continue strict police escort for passenger vehicles between Vairengte and Silchar. It was agreed that the Mizoram police would provide escort from Vairengte to Dholai, while the Assam police would do the same between Dholai and Sonabiraghat to every passenger vehicle.

It was also agreed that a meeting be held between the district administrators of Kolasib and Silchar, comprising NGOs of both the districts, twice a year for better understanding between the people of the inter-state districts. The meeting also entrusted the BRTF with closer vigil on the NH 54.

The minister visited Mizo jawan Anthony Lalmalsawma of the second Assam Rifles at the Silchar's Gungur Hospital on Saturday. On behalf of the Mizoram government, he handed him monetary aids.

Anthony and his friend Lalpianmawia also belonging to the Assam Rifles were injured by highway robbers near Dholai in Assam on the night of October 12 while trying to protect their co-passengers.

After Mizoram Hindi students' union, Kolasib SP Lalbiakthanga has recommended the two jawans for bravery awards.

''We have many reasons to believe that these robbers are local miscreants along the highway. They are poorly armed and not well organised, but very mischievous,'' said Kolasib additional SP Lalremmuana.

UNI

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