Fresh clashes between the Karbi and Pnar communities have erupted once again in the Assam Meghalaya border in Lapangap village of the West Jaintia Hills District on Tuesday; one Meghalaya police personnel narrowly escaped in the attack.
Residents along the border alleged that hundreds of men from the Karbi Community hide in the jungle. When farmers from the Pnar Community go to tend to their paddy fields, they were attacked with bows and arrows in Lapangap village.
It is alleged that individuals from the Karbi community in the Tahpat area attacked the Pnar Community using catapults and traditionally made bows and arrows.
When contacted Waheh Shnong of Lapangap Deimonmi Lyngdoh, he said that the farmers visited their paddy fields early on Tuesday morning as it was time for harvesting. Unfortunately, they were attacked with catapults and bows and arrows by the Karbi people who were hiding in the vicinity of their paddy fields.
Tensions escalated when our farmers informed other villagers about what had happened. Angered by the incident, they rushed to the spot and retaliated against the Karbi. The incident lasted the whole day.
He also mentioned that one Meghalaya police personnel narrowly escaped an arrow coming from the Karbi side.
He stated that police from both Assam and Meghalaya are present at the scene, but regrettably, Assam police struggle to control the Karbi people as they continue to attack us. Later the situation calmed down and is now under control.
Waheh Shnong of Lapangap urged the district administration of the West Jaintia Hills District to intervene and provide protection to the border residents, as this type of incident has not occurred before.