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The ongoing tension in Cachar district and adjoining Mizoram over the body of a 30-year-old Mizo youth Lalkapliana, subsided today after Mizo youths agreed to accept the body.B. C. Laljalompuia, the Mizoram liaison officer in Silchar, said over 200 youths took back the body of Lalkapliana’s, an employee of a mobile phone company at Vairengte in Mizoram, who was killed by robbers in the district.

In turn, the 230 people from Cachar, stranded in Vairengte, were released today.

Official sources here said Mizo youths belonging to the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), a students’ organisation, had insisted on the quick transfer of the body.

However, students in Cachar were adamant on preventing the transfer of Lalkapliana’s mortal remains unless stranded passengers on the border of the adjacent state were allowed to return to Cachar district. Sources said these Assamese persons were stranded at the border after the people of Vairengte placed an embargo on their journey to Cachar district in south Assam.

As soon as the body reached the downward journey of the convoy of cars taking the 230 non-Mizo stranded people on the other side of the border started coming in. Police sources said that the patrolling along the border and the deployment of the troops there would, however, continue for some more days. The buses carrying the passengers from both the states could not ply along the NH 54, the gateway to Mizoram from Cachar district, because of the uneasy situation along the boundary. Lalrinthanga,27, who was injured near Bhaga village on Assam Mizoram border on Wednesday night, is still lodged in Silchar medical college hospital. He was the companion of the slain youth Lalkapliana.They were attacked by a gang of the non Mizo hoodlums intent on robbing the cash of the two persons during as drunken orgy at a hotel near the Assam Mizoram border in Cazchar district.

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