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One killed in firing on Nagaland border

By Pankaj Borthakur

JORHAT, June 3 � Five days after Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi assured of adequate security to the people in the clash-prone areas along the Assam-Nagaland border in Mariani, a farmer succumbed to bullet injuries in Naginijan area on Monday morning.

Locals said that the deceased Sanjay Bhumij was ploughing in a paddy field when some unidentified miscreants fired at him from the Nagaland side. He breathed his last on his way to the local dispensary.

The firing from Nagaland side continued till the miscreants faced retaliatory firing from Assam Police. �However, no other case of injury or casualty has been received till now. They stopped firing after our police personnel started retaliating,�said Eastern Range DIG, Satyen Gogoi.

More than 30 armed police personnel were deployed on the Assam side just after the incident had taken place. As the miscreants hid in the jungles of bordering Mokokchung district, none of them could be nabbed by police.

Several people in the area suspect that it was a �terror attack� triggered by Naga militant groups. This suspicion has not been overruled by some senior police officials also , but they refused to comment on this as they will have to wait for some time to confirm it. �We will have to wait for the analysis on the bullets they used. Then we will confirm whether any militant group like NSCN(K) was involved here,� said a senior police officer.

However, DIG Gogoi said that a joint meeting has been convened by the superintendants of police from Jorhat and Mokokchung district of Nagaland for launching an operation against the wrong-doers. No person has been nabbed by police till filing of this report in connection with the firing.

The recent conflict took place in sector E and F along the border in Mariani a week ago. Several instances of encroachment on forest land in Assam were alleged by local people and the organizations of indigenous people.

While �neutral security forces� were reportedly deployed in sector A, B, C and D in Merapani and some other areas it was alleged that there was no sufficient security personnel in sector E and F to protect the local people in Assam�s side.

Locals have demanded of the government to provide security to the villagers for preventing any incident in future.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Gogoi has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the nearest kin of Sanjay Bhumij, said an official press release.

Our Staff Reporter adds in Guwahati: The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) has strongly criticized the State Government for its failure to protect the life and property of the people of Assam.

In a statement, the AASU expressed serious concern over the killing of one person by miscreants from Nagaland in the Naginijan area and demanded that immediate steps should be taken to ensure punishment of those involved in the incident.

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One killed in firing on Nagaland border

JORHAT, June 3 � Five days after Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi assured of adequate security to the people in the clash-prone areas along the Assam-Nagaland border in Mariani, a farmer succumbed to bullet injuries in Naginijan area on Monday morning.

Locals said that the deceased Sanjay Bhumij was ploughing in a paddy field when some unidentified miscreants fired at him from the Nagaland side. He breathed his last on his way to the local dispensary.

The firing from Nagaland side continued till the miscreants faced retaliatory firing from Assam Police. �However, no other case of injury or casualty has been received till now. They stopped firing after our police personnel started retaliating,�said Eastern Range DIG, Satyen Gogoi.

More than 30 armed police personnel were deployed on the Assam side just after the incident had taken place. As the miscreants hid in the jungles of bordering Mokokchung district, none of them could be nabbed by police.

Several people in the area suspect that it was a �terror attack� triggered by Naga militant groups. This suspicion has not been overruled by some senior police officials also , but they refused to comment on this as they will have to wait for some time to confirm it. �We will have to wait for the analysis on the bullets they used. Then we will confirm whether any militant group like NSCN(K) was involved here,� said a senior police officer.

However, DIG Gogoi said that a joint meeting has been convened by the superintendants of police from Jorhat and Mokokchung district of Nagaland for launching an operation against the wrong-doers. No person has been nabbed by police till filing of this report in connection with the firing.

The recent conflict took place in sector E and F along the border in Mariani a week ago. Several instances of encroachment on forest land in Assam were alleged by local people and the organizations of indigenous people.

While �neutral security forces� were reportedly deployed in sector A, B, C and D in Merapani and some other areas it was alleged that there was no sufficient security personnel in sector E and F to protect the local people in Assam�s side.

Locals have demanded of the government to provide security to the villagers for preventing any incident in future.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Gogoi has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the nearest kin of Sanjay Bhumij, said an official press release.

Our Staff Reporter adds in Guwahati: The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) has strongly criticized the State Government for its failure to protect the life and property of the people of Assam.

In a statement, the AASU expressed serious concern over the killing of one person by miscreants from Nagaland in the Naginijan area and demanded that immediate steps should be taken to ensure punishment of those involved in the incident.

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