Tensions on the Assam-Mizoram border over inexplicable murder of a truck driver.

Tensions on the Assam-Mizoram border over inexplicable murder of a truck driver.

After the strange murder of an oil tank truck driver in Assam, the border issue between Assam and Mizoram has flared up again in the Dholai area of Cachar district. Protesters obstructing the Assam-Mizoram route and vandalizing police vehicles have been witnessed. The truck driver was killed by his handyman who was with him, according to the police, although locals claim the driver was assassinated by Mizoram miscreants. Meanwhile, the handyman committed suicide in jail after being apprehended. When the handyman's body arrived in Assam yesterday, the villagers spontaneously protested and lodged complaints against the Mizoram police.

As protesters in Dholai, Assam's Cachar, flung stones at trucks transporting supplies to the hill state on Thursday, the death of a murder suspect from Assam in the central jail of Mizoram capital Aizawl threatened to undermine the fragile inter-state border truce.

Last month, cops discovered oil tanker driver K Robin Singh aka Prabin Singha, 48, of Dholai Ramprashadpur in Cachar unconscious and bleeding from serious slashes near Lengpui village in Mizoram. He was rushed to the public hospital in Aizawl, but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Nripen Singh, 50, of Dholai, was later detained as the truck driver's helper and key suspect. Since the murder, he has been hiding. Nripen allegedly told police that he attacked Robin with a machete near the Buichali bridge on the highway after he insulted him and refused to pay for his dinner.

On February 1, an Aizawl judicial court remanded the suspect in custody, and he was transferred to the central jail. According to reports, Nripen committed suicide. Around 6 a.m. on Wednesday, a jail warden discovered him hanging inside his cell. He was also reportedly moved to solitary confinement after allegedly hitting two inmates in his prior cell with a brick on February 2nd night.

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