20 injured in clash, police firing

The incident happened at a weekly market in the disputed Langpi village, claimed by both the states, when a group of people attacked another community with firearms, stones, bricks and sticks, Kamrup (Rural) SP P S Mahanta said.

Police opened fire after the attackers continued to hurl stones at the other group who fled to a nearby police outpost at the village bordering Meghalaya's West Khasi Hills district and Assam's Kamrup district, he said.

20 people were injured, 10 of them seriously, in the incident, he said, adding that the injured were rushed to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital.

Additional police forces have been rushed to the village, officials said. Meghalaya DGP S B Kakati said in Shillong that he had spoken to his Assam counterpart regarding the incident.

Langpi is claimed by both the states citing contradictory documents from history and land records.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said in Shillong, "We have received some inputs, but still awaiting official confirmation. Unconfirmed reports say there is a likelihood of casualty."

Unconfirmed reports said six people were killed in the incident and the village headman of the area S Samakha even produced names of five victims.

Sangma said he spoke to Assam Revenue Minister Bhumidhar Barman over phone and was assured that all steps would be taken to bring the situation under control.

"We have also given instructions to the district administration to keep the situation under control," the chief minister said after a meeting with Home Minister H D R Lyngdoh, DGP S B Kakati, Chief Secretary W M S Pariat and other senior officials.

Sangma said Additional District Magistrate and DSP along with a medical team have been rushed to Langpi.

"I have asked the Home Minister to rush to Langpi to assess the situation personally tomorrow," the chief minister said and appealed to the people to maintain calm.
Leaders of influential Khasi Students Union and senior MLAs spoke to the chief minister and expressed concern over the incident.

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