Six Killed in Assam-Meghalaya Border Firing; Internet Suspended

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Six people, including a forest guard, were killed in a firing incident this morning at Mukroh village in Meghalaya’s West Jaintia Hills, leading to tensions in the Assam-Meghalaya border villages.

Of the six dead, five were from Meghalaya and one was an Assam forest guard.

The incident took place when a team from the Assam forest department tried to intercept a smuggled timber laden truck at around seven in the morning. The vehicle did not stop and sped away, leading to a hot chase. 

However, the forest guards somehow managed to stop the truck by puncturing one of the tires at the Mukroh village in Meghalaya, where local villagers surrounded the Assam police and forest guards.

Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad Sangma said that the injured persons were rushed to the hospital.

Describing the incident, CM Sangma said, “Today, an unfortunate incident occurred at Mukroh village in which six persons died due to firing by Assam Police and Assam forest guards. I would like to express my deepest condolences”. 

Meghalaya government also suspended the mobile internet services in 7 districts for 48 hours from November 22 onwards, following the firing incident in Mukroh.

Internet services are suspended in districts including West Jaintia Hills, East Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, Ri-Bhoi, Eastern West Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills and South West Khasi Hills.

In order to prevent the misuse of media (WhatsApp and social media like Facebook Twitter, YouTube etc ) to disturb peace and tranquillity in the state of Meghalaya and for maintaining law and order, CVD Diengdoh, Secretary to the Home (Police) Department, Meghalaya, has promulgated this notification.

The notification read that violators of the promulgation will be penalised under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and also the related provisions of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885.

 

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