Continuing exchange of fire along the Assam-Nagaland border during an anti-encroachment operation in Doldoli Reserve Forest in Assam left a one dead on Monday, said a senior police officer.
Gunmen from across the border along Assam's Karbi Anglong district fired upon security personnel and workers engaged in the eviction operation forcing the police to retaliate and one person from Nagaland was killed, district Superintendent of Police MJ Mahanta told PTI.
Positioning themselves from bunkers set up near an army camp in Nagaland in the Kasiram border outpost area, the miscreants fired from sophisticated weapons to prevent the eviction drive, Mahanta said. An AK-series assault rifle and a pistol were recovered from the deceased, he said adding the rest of the people managed to flee.
Meanwhile, DIG-Border, DIG-Central Western Range, district Deputy Commissioner and the SP held a meeting on Monday on the border issue.
There was heavy exchange of fire on Sunday also in the encroached Doldoli Reserve Forest when a forest department personnel was killed and another official and a police constable injured when unidentified persons from Nagaland opened fire on them from sophisticated INSAS rifles, light machine guns and rocket launchers.
Since January this year anti-socials had occupied several hundred hectares of the Reserve Forest and were periodically firing on security personnel at Sankertilla, Kasiram,Lahorijan and Rangapa BOP areas, Additional Superintendent of Police Nanda Singh said.
Nine cases were registered in this connection at the Diphu Police Station and 55 persons arrested since then, he added.
During the eviction drive on Monday, a total of 267 houses were dismantled in the Doldoli Reserve Forest area, a senior forest department official said.
From the miscreants, the police recovered one AK-47 rifle with its magazine, one 7.65 mm pistol with its magazine, one double barrel gun with 18 rounds of ammunition and one .303 rifle, a senior police officer said.
The administration has also sounded an alert in all the border outposts of Karbi Anglong district.