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Attack on village head

Tezpur, July 5: Three persons were injured when suspected criminals from Arunachal Pradesh attacked a village headís family at Naharjan in Behali reserve forest in Sonitpur district of Assam this morning.

Police said the incident took place around 4am when armed goons barged into the residence of Lala Orang and fired indiscriminately, injuring three persons, including the village head. Two other injured persons injured have been identified as Himant Orang, son of Lala Orang and a woman Baha Chare.

They were rushed to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, the police said. According to sources, eight Arunachal residents entered the house of Lala Orang and threatened him to leave before opening fire.

The incident took place near a forest camp at Naharjan, sources said.

Behali, situated on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, is nearly 120km from Tezpur town and 300km from Guwahati.

Sonitpur superintendent of police Sanjukta Parashar told this correspondent that the situation at Naharjan is under control and the police have launched a search operation. Senior officials from district administration and police rushed to the spot to assess the situation.

In January, Arunachal Pradesh was cut off from the rest of the country as protesters in Assam blocked supply routes to the neighbouring state in protest against the killing of 10 Assam villagers.