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5 killed, 6 injured in Assam
GUWAHATI, MAR 22 (IANS/PTI/AGENCIES
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Published on 22 Mar. 2010 11:58 PM IST
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Altogether about 5 people were killed while another six persons were injured in different incidents in Assam in the last 24 hours. According to IANS report, a schoolboy was killed while four injured on Monday when a tea planter, accused of physically abusing a tribal woman, opened fired on an irate group of garden workers in Assam, police said.
A police spokesperson said the incident took place at the Rani tea estate on the outskirts of Guwahati when hundreds of locals and plantation workers went berserk after the tea planter, Mridul Kumar Bhattacharjee, attacked the woman.
“A tribal woman from a nearby village was taking a short cut through the garden to reach another village when the planter caught hold of her and started beating her and also tore her clothes. Soon a large number of locals and garden workers arrived and tried to attack the planter who then took out a licensed weapon and fired at the mob,” a police official said.
A class 8 student Pradep Murali was killed and four more, including a woman, were injured in the firing. “The planter managed to escape and went into hiding,” the official said. The mob then set ablaze two factories and several offices and vehicles of the garden and prevented fire tenders and police from arriving at the spot.
“Women and children sat and some of them slept on the road preventing fire engines from entering the garden,” the official said.
The Rani tea estate is a privately owned medium sized plantation located close to the airport.
Another three people were killed on Monday in a fight between two rival car lifting gangs in Assam’s main city of Guwahati, officials said. A police spokesperson said the bullet-riddled bodies were found near Panikheti on the outskirts of Guwahati around 6 a.m.
‘Preliminary investigations indicate the killings were a result of some internal differences between the two gangs of car lifters,’ a senior police officer said.
Police identified the victims from their driving licenses - Vamilla Sailo from Mizoram, Lakhsman Rai from Laskarpara, Jailpaiguri in West Bengal, and Homen Narzary from Kokrajhar in Assam. ‘A Scorpio vehicle was recovered from the site of the incident and we believe this vehicle was probably stolen by the gang,’ the official said.
A number of mobile handsets, fake vehicle registration papers, and stamps and seals were recovered from the victims.
‘Investigations are on and we have some leads and will soon be able to nab the killers,’ the official said. Meanwhile a poacher was killed in a gunfight with forest guards in Orang National Park, famed for tigers and elephants, in Assam’s Darrang district.
Three poachers had entered the park and exchanged fire with a patrolling team of forest guards at Jaroni camp area last night, police said today. Two of the poachers escaped, while the body of the third was recovered today along with three rounds of live ammunition and as many empty cartridges, an axe and three carry bags, they said. The poachers had entered the southern end of the park with the intention of killing animals but were prevented from doing so by the forest guards, officials said.

 
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