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Tension resurfaces in Assam-Arunachal border after forest official fired upon

The incident took place when a forest Beat officer from Assam side in Lakhimpur district went to Ranga Reserve Forest to stop the felling of trees by a group of people from Arunachal Pradesh. However, there was no injury to the forest official.

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Guwahati: The tension in the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border resurfaced again after an unidentified miscreant fired at a forest official on Tuesday morning at Ranga Reserve Forest in Lakhimpur district along the interstate border areas of the two states.

The incident took place when a forest Beat officer from Assam side in Lakhimpur district went to Ranga Reserve Forest to stop the felling of trees by a group of people from Arunachal Pradesh. However, there was no injury to the forest official.

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Following the incident, Assam Police have rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.

In a similar kind of incident, a senior official of the Assam forest department was allegedly manhandled by some people from Arunachal Pradesh in the Lakhimpur district on the interstate border.

The interstate border tension between two neighbouring states have escalated in recent times with both sides alleging each other of trespassing into each other’s territory.

Assam and Mizoram interstate border dispute turned ugly recently which resulted in the death of several policemen from Assam in an indiscriminate firing between forces of two states.

It may be mentioned here that Assam and Meghalaya are involved in an exercise to solve the long pending interstate border dispute between the neighbouring states.

Nearly a week back, both Assam and Meghalaya Chief Ministers had visited the disputed border areas and have resolved to find an amicable solution by December 30 this year .

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