SHILLONG: A SUV with an Assam registration number has been set on fire in the Shillong on Wednesday. This is the first case of arson reported since the firing incident at the interstate border between Assam and Meghalaya at Mukroh village in West Jaintia Hills on Tuesday.
However a fire brigade put out the blaze that left the SUV completely burnt, but no casualties were reported.
The incident took place when a team from the Assam forest department tried to intercept a truck allegedly carrying smuggled timber, around 7 am. The vehicle sped away, leading to a chase that ended in Meghalaya territory after the forest guards managed to puncture one of the truck’s tyres. Local villagers saw this as trespass and surrounded the Assam police and forest guards.
Conrad Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, was quick to react. He called the incident “unfortunate”, and said the Assam police fired first.
The Meghalaya government also filed an FIR and ordered a judicial inquiry to determine the facts of the incident.