Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee expressed concern over the violence on a disputed border between Assam and Meghalaya, which left six people dead on Tuesday.
Six people, including a forest ranger, were killed in the early hours of violence after a truck reportedly loaded with illegally logged timber was intercepted by Assam forest rangers.
Banerjee expressed shock at the incident and tweeted, “I am shocked and deeply saddened by the extremely unfortunate shooting incident in Mukroh, Meghalaya, which claimed the lives of five innocent civilians and an Assam forest ranger.”
“How long will CM @SangmaConrad allow @himantabiswa to take Meghalaya for granted? How long should Meghalayans live in fear and uncertainty? How long will this injustice continue,” said Banerjee, the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
“Today’s incident exposes the ineptitude of the MDA (Meghalaya Democratic Alliance) government, which is failing its own people,” he said on the microblogging site in a dig at Conrad Sangma’s government in Meghalaya.
Senior TMC leader and former chief minister Mukul Sangma visited the survivors of the Mukroh fire incident at Jowai Civil Hospital and the relatives of the deceased, assuring them of his full support, the party said in another tweet.
In a tweet in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma, whose party is an ally of the BJP, complained that Assam police and forest rangers “entered Meghalaya and their resorted to unprovoked shooting”.
However, Assam police officials claimed that the truck was intercepted in the West Karbi Anglong district of the state by a forestry team and that a mob from the Meghalaya side later attacked the state’s forest rangers and police officers, leading to shelling by the Assam side to control the situation.
Five of the six killed in the violence were residents of Meghalaya and one is an Assam forest ranger, Conrad Sangma said.
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