Assam Northeast

Man shot near Assam-Meghalaya border in Goalpara, succumbed later

A man was on Tuesday morning shot dead by unidentified miscreants along Assam-Meghalaya border in Goalpara district of western Assam.

The man identified as Tapas Rabha was working in his own rubber garden at Hatigaon, bordering North Garo Hills district of Meghalaya about 36 kms from the district headquarters of Goalpara town when he was shot, said police.

“Rabha was shot at around 5.30 am. He was, then, immediately shifted to the Goalpara Civil Hospital. However, when his condition aggravated, he was forwarded to the GMCH (Gauhati Medical College and Hospital) but, Rabha died on the way,” police said.

Goalpara police said a case has been registered and investigation to nab the miscreants have also been initiated.

The shooting happened close on the heels of a fresh spat of tension along the inter-state borders at Karbi Anglong of Assam’s southern hills and Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya’s Khasi Hills.

“However, investigation is still at a nascent stage to ascertain the motive behind the shooting. No evidence of border related dispute so far,” police said.

Goalpara shares a heavily vegetated borders with Meghalaya’s three Garo Hills Autonomous Council districts — West Garo Hills, North Garo Hills and East Garo Hills — that acts as an easy escape route for criminals.

The district had seen a high-speed car chase and shootout between five criminals and police last Sunday night who engaged at Rongsai, along the borders and finally two were shot, one apprehended and two escaped at Gobindapur in the outskirts of the district headquarters.

The inter-state borders acting as an easy escape route for criminals, has recently seen an escalation of such incidents.

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