5 Meghalaya residents killed in firing by Assam forest guards
5 Meghalaya residents killed in firing by Assam forest guards

Guwahati: Five people from Meghalaya have been killed in firing by Assam's forest guards. The incident could lead to a confrontation between Assam and Meghalaya. The incident took place in Mukroh village under West Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya. This has led to tension in the area and internet shutdown in 7 districts.  

According to sources, the incident took place at 7:30 am on Tuesday when the villagers were returning from the forest in small trucks with wood. The area where Assam forest guards have fired also comes under Meghalaya. Assam and Meghalaya have had a dispute over the area since the beginning. According to sources, forest guards from Assam fired at the tires of the vehicles, causing their wheels to stop there. At this, truck drivers and villagers carrying wood raised an alarm, leading to the gathering of nearby villagers.  

After being surrounded by the crowd, forest guards opened fire, in which 4 people died on the spot. One person died during treatment at the hospital. Sources say those angry villagers also attacked the forest guards, in which one forest guard was killed. Many forest guards have been badly injured. The incident was also confirmed by Meghalaya Deputy IG Davis NR Marak. He said the tragic incident had taken place and he is on his way to the spot.  

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