A villager belonging to Chakma tribe was on Monday injured in a suspected IED blast in the jungles of southern Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district, along the India-Myanmar border.
The victim has been identified as Jitua Tongchangya, 26, a Chakma community member, resident of Bandukbanga village in the Chakma Autonomous District Council in southern Mizoram, bordering Myanmar.
The IED blast blew off Tongchangya’s left ankle and gravely injured his right leg. Assam Rifles troops along with other villagers evacuated the victim on a locally made stretcher to Parva, from where he was evacuated to District Hospital Lawngtlai and admitted there on Tuesday, and thereafter shifted to Lunglei Civil Hospital for better treatment.
The police suspect that the blast was caused by a landmine possibly planted by Myanmar Army or the Arakan Army insurgents.
For the last a few months, this area along the India-Myanmar borders in southern Mizoram has been affected by conflicts between the Myanmar Army and the Arakan Army, an insurgent group, and Indian villagers have been seriously affected by the conflicts in Myanmar which often spilled over to the Indian territory.
In August 2017, The aPolitical had reported about the abduction of a Chakma tribal woman, Mrs Devo Lota Chakma (50 years) and her minor daughter named Jappa Ha Chakma (15 years) from their Jhum hut by the Myanmar-based militants near Parva village in the Chakma Autonomous District Council, situated near the Myanmar border.
Following the abduction incident, the BSF had reportedly asked all the tribal villagers, mostly Chakmas of Parva and neighbouring villages, to avoid going to the jungles or living in the Jhum huts. The lack of security in the area and the advisory of the BSF to come down to their respective homes instead of living in the jhums adversely affected the livelihood of the tribal villagers.
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