Boundary row: When firecrackers turn shots?

Staff REPORTER

ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Contrary to what some news outlets claimed that there were exchange of fire between timber smugglers and Assam Forest officials at Bello-II area of Kimin circle along the Assam-Arunachal boundary on Tuesday, sources said that some villagers had thrown fire crackers in retaliation to the shots fired in the air by the Assam forest officials.

“On November 23 at about 6 am, some unknown villagers cut down 22 numbers of Jutli trees that were standing at the disputed border area between Bello-II under Kimin sub-division and Assam.

The Assam forest officials arrived and air fired some rounds of ammunition at around 8 to 8.35 am and in retaliation, as told, some villagers threw firecrackers in the disputed area,” the informed sources said.

Accordingly, OC, Kimin PS along with ADC Kimin, RFO Kimin were asked to rush to the spot, a senior police official said, while adding that Additional PCCF Assam, DCF North Lakhimpur and RFO Harmoti also visited the spot.

Later on, the situation was brought under control and Jutli trees seized by Assam RFO were given to RFO Kimin, he said.

“The crackers used by the villagers during the incident are mostly used to ward off wild elephants in the area,” Kimin SDPO R Kamsi said, adding that the villagers involved in the incident have not been identified yet.

He further said that the situation is under control now.