Atukhal incident: DGP in close touch with Assam counterpart.

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Following the incident of Khasi villagers being threatened at Atukhal village in Cachar district, the Director-General of Police (DGP), R Chandranathan is keeping a close touch with his Assam counterpart.

The DGP had personally contacted senior police officials of Assam and the Cachar district superintendent of police regarding the incident, Assistant Inspector General of Police (A) GK Iangrai said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

“During the discussion, the DGP was informed that the Khasi villagers are presently taking shelter inside a church, which is being secured by the police officials,” he said.

Tensions triggered along the Assam-Manipur border after a threat to the lives of the Khasi-Pnar people residing in Atukhal village, was issued by a group called Hmar People’s Convention-D (HPC-D).

The HPC-D group had blamed the local villagers for the arrest of its three trainees by the army in Atukhal village and imposed a fine of about Rs 8 lakh while threatening their lives and property.
The AIGP also informed that the Sub-Divisional Police Officer of the area had also visited the premises where the villagers are currently taking refuge and the matter is being superintended by the concerned police officials.

Meanwhile, the state police have also requested the public to refrain from circulating rumours or misinformation which may incite a breach of communal peace and harmony, and if information needs to be validated, the same can be done so by contacting the officials of the department.