Four killed in ethnic violence on Assam-Meghalaya border
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 05, 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.


First Published: Wednesday, January 05, 2011, 20:52

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