ITANAGAR, Aug 17 – Taking strong exception to the “unprovoked” firing on the innocent villagers by the Assam Police resulting in serious injuries to one villager, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu yesterday talked to Assam Minister Bhumidhar Barman requesting him to intervene in the matter so that such incidents do not recur along the inter-State boundary.
Following the reported dismantling of the Assam Police barracks at Shimhokho and Kamkuh Rusa under Kanubari sub-division of Tirap district on Saturday by miscreants, people from Assam had ghearoed the Kanubari EAC-led police team which was on way to the area to investigate the case.
Khandu, who had a high-level meeting here to review the situation, expressed deep shock at the unprovoked firing incident. He said violence can not find solution to any problem.
He appealed to the people of both sides to honour the status-quo on Assam- Arunachal border and called for maintaining peace and tranquility for a peaceful co-existence, said an official source.
According to reports, around a dozen unidentified miscreants, with their face covered, swooped down and damaged the Assam police barracks, one an old and abandoned and the other still under construction, at Simhokho which the Arunachalees claim belongs to them.
Soon after the incident, hundreds of people at Bimolapur under Sonari sub-division of Assam gheroed the APP personnel and an EAC, who were heading for Kamkuh Rusa to assess the situation.
Threatened and abused, the team was stranded for more than three hours and was allowed to proceed only after senior police and civil authorities of Assam intervened.
Meanwhile, the thriving daily business in the foothills areas has come to a grinding halt as the Arunachalee villagers, who come down to Assam to sell betel leaves and tea, have stopped all their trading fearing retaliation.