Five civilians, forest guard killed in police firing near Assam-Meghalaya border

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Shillong/Guwahati: At the very least six folks, 5 civilians of Meghalaya and an Assam forest guard, died following “unprovoked” firing by Assam Police and state forest guards on Tuesday, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Okay. Sangma mentioned.

The Chief Minister mentioned that Assam Police and forest guards entered Mukroh village in West Jaintia Hills District and resorted to “unprovoked” firing, killing the 5 civilians of Meghalaya.

An unknown forest guard of Assam was additionally killed within the firing.

Sangma mentioned that the Assam Police and forest guards intercepted a truck carrying timber at Mukroh village and after that, numerous folks from the village reached the spot and surrounded the police and forest guards resulting in the firing by the latter.

Strongly condemning the incident, Sangma mentioned that state Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui visited the spot and an FIR has been registered by the Meghalaya Police.

In keeping with the Chief Minister, Thal Shadap, 45, Nikhasi Dhar, 65, and Sik Talang 55, died on the spot, whereas Tal Nartiang, 40 and Chirup Sumer, 40 succumbed to their accidents within the hospital.

“The Meghalaya Government strongly condemned the incident where the Assam Police and Assam forest guards entered Meghalaya and resorted to unprovoked firing. The state government would take all kinds of steps to ensure that justice is served, and action is taken against those responsible for this inhuman act,” Sangma informed the media.

He mentioned that as a mark of respect and mourning for the deceased, the state authorities has determined to cancel all official festivals together with the Shillong Cherry Blossom pageant.

He additionally introduced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh every to the following of kin of the deceased. The state cupboard would meet on Tuesday to determine on the following plan of action.

“I enchantment to all residents of the state to wish for the departed souls and their households. I additionally enchantment to our residents to take care of peace and concord within the state. The state authorities is taking all the mandatory steps to make sure that legislation and order is maintained.

“We additionally had a gathering with conventional heads, Rangbah Shnongs and non secular leaders, members of civil society and NGOs to debate, inform and enchantment for his or her assist to face collectively in these troublesome occasions.

In the meantime, Assam’s West Karbi Anglong district’s Superintendent of Police Imdad Ali earlier on Tuesday mentioned that Forest Division officers intercepted a truck that was transporting unlawful wooden at round 3 am on Tuesday morning.

“While the forest guards approached the truck to seize the illegal consignment, it tried to flee. The guards opened fire and punctured the tire of the vehicle. Three people, including the driver and his assistant, were apprehended, but others managed to flee from the scene,” he mentioned.

The forest officers then knowledgeable the closest police station at Zirikending and requested for added forces. In keeping with the police, when a group reached there, numerous folks from Meghalaya surrounded them with sharp-edged weapons.

“The angry mob demanded the release of those arrested. The police team had to open fire to control the violent mob. A forest home guard and some members of the Khasi community were killed in the firing,” Ali mentioned.

In the meantime, within the wake of the incident, the Meghalaya authorities has suspended cellular web and knowledge companies for the following 48-hours from 10.30 am on Tuesday in seven districts of the state – West Jaintia Hills, East Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, Ri- Bhoi, Jap West Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills and South West Khasi Hills.

After the violent incident, a number of Assam autos had been prevented from getting into Meghalaya at Jorbat by police in a bid to stop any untoward incident and public security.

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