TEZPUR, June 2 – Sensation prevailed today at Behali under Gohpur subdivision in Sonitpur district following an attack launched by a group of people from Arunachal Pradesh on villagers at Bogijuli range, about 15 km north from Behali where 12 houses were destroyed.
Purneswer Doley, subdivisional police officer of Biswanath Chariali, after visiting the tense area told this reporter from the spot over telephone that a group of people from Arunachal Pradesh from Bishal Basti, upper Bishal and Dipika villagers, suddenly attacked the Assamese people inhabiting in the disputed areas in East Kameng district under Seijosa Police Station of Arunachal Pradesh. The Assamese people alleged that the attackers even destroyed a temple in the area creating sensation among the people.
It is worth mentioning here that earlier on Friday, a 12-member group of Arunachalis threatened the villagers of Bogijuli asking them to leave the village immediately and assaulted one Tulshiram Gaur, who informed the police today.
The miscreants fled to Arunachal Pradesh following the incident without facing any resistance, taking with them a good number of livestock from the area.
When police from Assam reached Bogijuli, they found that considerable houses had been damaged and a number of Assamese inhabitants had been assaulted by the miscreants. The police also received complaints that two women, Janaki Saotal and Arati Mirdha, had been mercilessly assaulted and physically humiliated as well.
Meanwhile, the visiting police officer said that the situation has been brought under control.
Hundreds of families living in Bogijuli area have been rendered homeless due to the possibility of continuous threats from Arunachali villagers.
Our Correspondent from Biswanath Chariali adds: Situation has got tensed at Bogijuli along Assam-Arunachal border under Gingia police outpost in Biswanath subdivision since morning today following an attack by around 200 Arunachali people armed with lethal weapons on Assamese dwellings. They reportedly destroyed at least seven houses and a temple in the area. According to sources, the Arunachalis had come yesterday too, and warned the residents of dire consequences if they did not leave the area overnight.