Sushanta Talukdar

Guwahati: At least two people were killed and 16 others including police personnel injured when Assam Police resorted to firing at Lampi, a disputed area along Assam-Meghalaya border close to Boko police station of lower Assam's Kamrup district, on Friday afternoon following clashes between two groups of people.

Principal Secretary, Home Subhash Ch. Das told The Hindu that police recovered two bodies from the spot. He said that police initially resorted to blank firing to disperse a crowd that attacked the Lampi border outpost after another group of people, with whom they had a clash, came there to lodge a complaint about a house being torched in Lampi market about 150 meters away from the Border outpost (BOP).

However, even after the blank firing by police personnel manning the BOP the attackers had not dispersed and turned more violent following which the police had to resort to firing, he added. The incident occurred around 1.20 p.m.

Meghalaya Director-General of Police S.B. Kakoti, when contacted, told The Hindu that he too had been informed by Assam Director General Police Sankar Barua that two bodies had been recovered so far. Senior police and government officials of both Assam and Meghalaya rushed to the spot.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma expressed grave concern over the incident and immediately took up the matter with Assam Revenue Minister Bhumidhar Barman, the senior most Minister in the Tarun Gogoi Cabinet.

Mr. Barman reportedly assured Dr. Sangma that necessary instruction would be issued to police and the administration to take immediate steps to bring normality in the area and to defuse tension.