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Meghalaya,Assam border row: 2 killed in firing

At least two persons were killed and 16 injured when police resorted to firing to disperse two groups of people.

Written by Express News Service | Guwahati/ Shillong |
May 15, 2010 2:58:13 am

At least two persons were killed and 16 injured when police resorted to firing to disperse two groups of people who had engaged in a clash at Lower Lampi in Kamrup district close to the Assam-Meghalaya border.

Highly placed sources in the Assam Police said trouble began when a group of people from the Meghalaya side arrived at the weekly market at Lower Lampi inside Assam and started attacking the local people. While the two sides clashed,jawans of the Assam Police from the border outpost at Lower Lampi rushed to the spot and opened fire to disperse the crowd.

While the Assam Police confirmed the recovery of two bodies from the spot after the violence was quelled,there were claims from Meghalaya that at least five persons had died due to the “unprovoked” firing by Assam Police. The injured included 10 villagers and six Assam police personnel.

Lower Lampi in Kamrup district is a remote village close to the Assam-Meghalaya border and is about 60 km from Guwahati. The area was in the news in 2008 after both Assam and Meghalaya were engaged in a dispute over its location. While Assam claimed it was part of Kamrup district,Meghalaya accused Assam of forcibly occupying the border village.

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