Hmar outfit suspected behind Mizoram ambush

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Aizawl, Sep 3(UNI) A Manipur-based Hmar underground outfit is suspected to be behind the ambush that killed four Mizo police in Mizoram's Kolasib district yesterday.

''The Hmar People's Convention(Democratic) or HPC(D) is suspected behind the ambush even though the outfit is yet to claim responsibility,'' a police official told UNI here today.

The number of deaths had earlier been reported as six which was later revised to three.

''Even though we are yet to ascertain it, the HPC(D) is our prime suspect. There are no other underground outfits operating in the area,'' Mizoram police AIG(I) Zorammawia said.

According to police, there were no casualties on the militants' side though exchange of fire took place for several minutes.

The Indian Reserve Police personnel were transporting salaries for Serlui B hydel project near Saipum under Kolasib district bordering Manipur and Assam when the incident took place. The ultras started firing as the police refused to surrender.

Three Mizo policemen were killed in the firing.

The slain personnel were today accorded police funeral at the IR Mualvum headquarters. It was attended by Home Minister Tawnluia and DGP Lalrokhuma Pachuau.

Mr Tawnluia condemned such ''brutal act that attempted to destroy peace and tranquility in Mizoram''.

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