Four killed in Meghalaya ethnic clash, army called in

The army was called out in Meghalaya’s violence-hit East Garo Hills district after four people were killed Wednesday in an ethnic clash between Garo and Rabha tribals.

‘Three Rabha youths died and eight – were injured after they were attacked by Garos at Golkugre area,’ Sylvester Nongtynger, police chief of Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district, told IANS.

The victims were travelling in a bus from Tura, the district headquarters of West Garo Hills in western Meghalaya, towards Assam, police said.

In another incident, ‘a tribal Garo was killed in police firing at Rongjuli in Assam’s Goalpara district bordering the violence-hit area after a mob tried to attack police’, Goalpara police chief Luish Aind said.

In retaliation, the Rabhas went on a rampage torching several houses belonging to the Garo dominated areas in Torikas, Berubaris, Darakonas, Nebaris and Rongketchis.

‘The army will be assisting the Meghalaya police from tomorrow – morning in maintaining law and order in the violence-hit areas,’ East Garo Hills district Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi said.

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