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TURA, July 22 � Tension is escalating along the Meghalaya-Assam border after the brutal killing of a 30 year-old casual labourer in the outskirts of the town here yesterday, with the SUCI announcing a protest march in the towns of Mankachar, Garobadha and South Salmara to protest the killing.

Miah (30) was working as a casual labourer in construction sites in the town and had Rs 5,000 in his pocket. Initial reports indicate that he was killed with the intention of looting the money he had.

The incident happened near Danakgre, about 8 kms from here and Miah�s body was found near the Montfort Centre by children who were playing there.

According to his co-workers, Miah was on his way home when he was taken by unknown miscreants and his belongings snatched. The money he had on his person was also taken before his head was smashed with a stone.

Post-mortem of the body was done today in the Tura Civil Hospital. Miah�s family rushed here to identify the body and till the filing of the report, the body has been handed over to the family.

�It is a clear case of murder. Post-mortem was conducted today and we have handed over his body to his family. We have registered a case and investigation is on�, said Mukesh Singh, SP, West Garo Hills.

The news of the killing has been met with resentment in his birthplace Mankachar. Miah is a resident of Jordanga in the town and was in Meghalaya to make a living.

The SUCI is all set to protest the killing with a black flag march in most border towns, including Mankachar, Hatsingimari and South Salmara tomorrow. Yesterday, there was a road blockade to protest the spree of kidnappings and killings of traders from Assam in the Garo Hills region.

�We come to Garo Hills in search of work. We are poor people, we work hard to survive. If there is no security, how can we live here�, said Mozibul Hussain, a vegetable vendor. Most towns in the Garo Hills region have traders from Assam who supply provisions.

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Tension rising in Assam-Meghalaya border

TURA, July 22 � Tension is escalating along the Meghalaya-Assam border after the brutal killing of a 30 year-old casual labourer in the outskirts of the town here yesterday, with the SUCI announcing a protest march in the towns of Mankachar, Garobadha and South Salmara to protest the killing.

Miah (30) was working as a casual labourer in construction sites in the town and had Rs 5,000 in his pocket. Initial reports indicate that he was killed with the intention of looting the money he had.

The incident happened near Danakgre, about 8 kms from here and Miah�s body was found near the Montfort Centre by children who were playing there.

According to his co-workers, Miah was on his way home when he was taken by unknown miscreants and his belongings snatched. The money he had on his person was also taken before his head was smashed with a stone.

Post-mortem of the body was done today in the Tura Civil Hospital. Miah�s family rushed here to identify the body and till the filing of the report, the body has been handed over to the family.

�It is a clear case of murder. Post-mortem was conducted today and we have handed over his body to his family. We have registered a case and investigation is on�, said Mukesh Singh, SP, West Garo Hills.

The news of the killing has been met with resentment in his birthplace Mankachar. Miah is a resident of Jordanga in the town and was in Meghalaya to make a living.

The SUCI is all set to protest the killing with a black flag march in most border towns, including Mankachar, Hatsingimari and South Salmara tomorrow. Yesterday, there was a road blockade to protest the spree of kidnappings and killings of traders from Assam in the Garo Hills region.

�We come to Garo Hills in search of work. We are poor people, we work hard to survive. If there is no security, how can we live here�, said Mozibul Hussain, a vegetable vendor. Most towns in the Garo Hills region have traders from Assam who supply provisions.

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