7 hurt, 53 houses razed in fresh NC Hills violence

At least seven persons were injured, three of them critically, and 53 houses set ablaze in a fresh incident of violence in North Cachar Hills district of Assam on Monday.

Sources in Haflong, the district headquarters, said a group of heavily armed unidentified miscreants attacked a village called Bongkhai under the Maibong police station in the wee hours, setting the houses on fire and shooting indiscriminately at villagers.

“Though initial reports said one woman was killed in the firing, a police party that reached the spot late in the afternoon did not find anyone dead. Seven persons, including two women, however were injured,” Anurag Tangkha, SP, said over telephone.

The village is located close to the Assam-Nagaland border, and can be approached by a road from Maibong.