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Assam deaths

Jan. 29: At least 10 persons were killed on the Assam-Arunachal border this afternoon when shots were fired at a group that had camped in a reserve forest to prevent encroachment.

The shots were allegedly fired from a group that crossed over from Arunachal and attacked those guarding the Behali reserve forest in Upper Assam’s Sonitpur district, 180km from Guwahati.

Assam has a boundary dispute with Arunachal, which became a full-fledged state on February 20, 1987.

The Assam general secretary of the CPI (M-L), Bibek Das, said a team from his group was camping along the border for the past two months to prevent encroachment.

Arunachal Pradesh chief secretary H. Paliwal said: “We have no confirmed reports about any casualty. The area is deep inside a jungle.”