Four killed in ethnic violence on Assam-Meghalaya border

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 20:52

Shillong: At least four people were killed
and eight others seriously injured on Wednesday in renewed ethnic
violence in areas bordering Assam in Meghalaya`s East Garo
Hills district, even as indefinite curfew continued, officials
said.

Three persons from Gokulgre near Bajendoba in East
Garo Hills district were traveling to Krishnai in Assam`s
Goalpara district when they were stopped by a group and
clubbed to death, sources said.

Eight others were critically injured in the attack,
East Garo Hills S P Sylvester Nongtnger said.

Another person was shot dead on the Assam side of the
border by security forces for creating trouble and instigating
people, Goalpara Superintendent of Police Luish Aind said over
phone.

Torching of houses, assault and build up of mobs was
reported from the bordering areas of East Garo Hills district
where the trouble started on January 1.

The bodies were being brought to Williamnagar, the
district headquarters town of East Garo Hills.

Two companies of police were rushed to the area from
here while the Centre has agreed to provide three more
companies of paramilitary force, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma,
who held a meeting with top officials and cabinet colleagues
to review security, said.

"We have taken up the matter with the Union Home
Ministry and requested for more forces," he said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 20:52

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