Assam police fires after clash in village

Shillong: Assam police personnel opened fire after a clash broke out between two communities at a disputed village along the Assam-Meghalaya border today, officials said.

The incident took place around noon at the disputed Langpih village, bordering Meghalaya's West Khasi Hills district and Assam's Kamrup district, about 150 km from here, they said.

The reason of the clash is yet to be ascertained. Additional security personnel led by senior officers from both the states have rushed to the spot, officials said.

"There was a firing. We are yet to know the casualty," West Khasi Hills SP M Kharkrang said.

There have been frequent reports of tension between settlers in Langpih, an area which is claimed by both the states citing contradictory documents from history and land records.

A joint committee headed by Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Meghalaya minister Prestone Tyngsong is examining the problem to resolve the land dispute issue.

During the last meeting of the committee, it was agreed that beside the dispute at Langpih which was at the centre at the present juncture, the endeavour should also be to resolve 12 other areas of difference between the two states that had stretched for too long a period.

Frequent incidents of clashes among residents of either sides have been reported from the disputed areas.