20 injured in clash, police firing along Assam-Meghalaya border

Over 20 people were injured when a clash broke out between two communities and subsequent police firing at a village along Assam-Meghalaya border today, police said.

Last Updated: May 15, 2010, 00:50 AM IST

Guwahati/Shillong: Over 20 people were
injured when a clash broke out between two communities and
subsequent police firing at a village along Assam-Meghalaya
border today, police said.

The incident happened at a weekly market in the disputed
Langpi village, claimed by both the states, when a group of
people attacked another community with firearms, stones,
bricks and sticks, Kamrup (Rural) SP P S Mahanta said.

Police opened fire after the attackers continued to hurl
stones at the other group who fled to a nearby police outpost
at the village bordering Meghalaya`s West Khasi Hills
district and Assam`s Kamrup district, he said.

20 people were injured, 10 of them seriously, in the
incident, he said, adding that the injured were rushed to the
Guwahati Medical College Hospital.

Additional police forces have been rushed to the village,
officials said.

Meghalaya DGP S B Kakati said in Shillong that he had
spoken to his Assam counterpart regarding the incident.

Langpi is claimed by both the states citing contradictory
documents from history and land records.

-PTI