Tribal clash kills one in Assam

Guwahati, Sept 9 One person was killed and other 10 people were injured in a clash between tribal organizations in Assam’s Kamrup (Rural) district on Thursday, police said.

According to police, over 1000 activists of tribal organizations, including Garo United Front (GUF) and Garo National Council (GNC), were scheduled to block the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi (LGB) International Airport at Borjhar near Guwahati on Thursday, demanding creation of a Garo Autonomous Council and immediate commencement of Council polls.

When the protesters came out to block the LGB airport and NH-37, a group of Rabha Hasong tribal supporters blocked the route of the Garo agitators at Boko area.

The angry Garo agitators crossed the barricade and beat up the Rabha Hasong tribal supporters, where several youths were injured.

The injured people were rushed to nearest hospital.

Later, a 26-year-old youth named Suvan Rabha succumbed to his injuries.

Security forces have rushed to Boko area to control the situation.

"One youth died and over 10 were injured in the clash," a police official said

“Now the situation is under control. We have already deployed security forces at the area,” he added.

The Garo agitators, on their way to LGB Airport, were stopped by a contingent of state police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Mirza area in the district.

The Garos of the Goalpara and Kamrup (Rural) district areas were demanding exclusion of their villages from the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council’s jurisdiction and demanding creation a separate Garo Autonomous Council and holding of immediate Council polls.