Three armed policemen were killed and two others injured when suspected militants belonging to the Manipur-based Hmar People’s Convention-Democracy (HPC-D) attacked members of an Assembly panel in Zokhawthiang in Aizawl district bordering Manipur today, police said.
Deputy Inspector General of Police of Northern Range L T Hrangchal said R L Pianmawia, chairman of the Mizoram Assembly Committee on Government Assurances, and two other members - Lalthanliana and lone woman MLA Vanlalawmpuii Chawngthu, accompanied by assembly officials were on an official tour to the area when the attack took place around 8.30 am.
While the three legislators and other officials were reported to have been safe, detailed information were being awaited, Hrangchal said.
The assembly committee members were reported to have been guarded by a few armed policemen and accompanied by Zarzoliana, Sub-Divisional Police Officer of Sakawrdai and Inspector Zoramthanga Khawlhring, Officer-in-Charge of the Sakawrdai Police Station.
Aizawl district SP C Laldina and police reinforcements were rushed to the site of the ambush, Hrangchal added.