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6 killed in Assam-Meghalaya border violence, miscreants set car on fire in Shillong

 GUWAHATI:An SUV belonging to Assam was set ablaze by unidentified people in Meghalaya's capital Shillong on Tuesday night, hours after clashes broke out over the Assam-Meghalaya border dispute in Jaintia Hills, west of Shillong. The fire brigade extinguished the fire, which gutted the SUV completely, but there was no report of any casualty.

Six people, including a forest worker, were killed in the violence that broke out after Assam forest officials stopped a truck allegedly carrying illegal timber on the Assam-Meghalaya border in West Karbi Anglong district in the early hours of Tuesday. Tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Vishwa Sharma, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma complained in a tweet that Assam police and forest personnel entered Meghalaya and started firing without provocation. Sangma's party is an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

However, Assam Police officials said that when the truck was stopped by the state Forest Department team in the state's West Karbi Anglong district, a mob of people from the Meghalaya side attacked the team and the policemen, which led to an attack from the Assam side. Shots were fired to control the situation.



 Sangma said, "Of the six people killed in Mukroh village of West Jaintia Hills district, five are residents of Meghalaya, while one forest worker died in Assam." The number mentioned is only four.

Sangma tweeted, “The Government of Meghalaya condemns in the strongest terms the incident under which the Assam Police and Assam forest personnel entered into Meghalaya and opened fire without provocation. Meghalaya government will take all steps to get justice. Action will be taken against those responsible for this inhuman act.

Trinamool Congress national general secretary and MP Abhishek Banerjee tweeted, "I am shocked and deeply saddened by the extremely unfortunate firing incident in Mukroh, Meghalaya, in which 5 innocent citizens of Assam and a forest guard have lost their lives. In these difficult times My thoughts and prayers are with their families".

Trinamool Congress national general secretary and MP Abhishek Banerjee wrote, "How long will Conrad Sangma and Himanta Vishwa Sharma remain CMs. Taking Meghalaya lightly? How long will the people of Meghalaya live in fear and insecurity? How long will this injustice last? Today's incident Exposes the inefficiency of the government, failing its own people".

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