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Mob attacks BSF outpost in Meghalaya, 5 injured; CM says keeping watch

At least five people, including two BSF personnel, were injured when villagers attacked a border outpost in Meghalaya's East Khasi Hills district, officials said on Monday

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At least five people, including two BSF personnel, were injured when villagers attacked a border outpost in Meghalaya's East Khasi Hills district, officials said on Monday.
The incident took place at Umsyiem village near Dawki town, 100 km south of the state capital, on Sunday night after the border guards seized some clothes allegedly meant to be smuggled to Bangladesh.
Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said the situation in the area close to the international border is under control and the state government is keeping a close watch on the development.
BSF Meghalaya Frontier inspector general Pradip Kumar told PTI: In the last few days, we seized a number of items meant to be smuggled to Bangladesh and identified the smugglers. Due to this, they led a mob to attack the outpost forcing the BSF to retaliate by firing in the air.
In a statement, the BSF said they seized clothes worth over Rs 2.7 lakh meant for smuggling.
The BSF foiled two smuggling bids on Sunday. In the morning, the force seized clothes worth Rs 2.21 lakh at Umsyiem village. At night, the BSF seized sarees worth Rs 50,000 dumped by smugglers in the same village, a BSF spokesperson said.
The border guards suspected that the smugglers brought the crowd in retaliation to the seizure and gheraoed the outpost.
At least two BSF personnel were injured after they were hit by stones thrown by the mob, he said, adding some of the villagers tried to enter the outpost forcefully but they were pushed back.
From reports I received, it (the attack) was related to some kind of smuggling. There was a seizure of the products smuggled. It was a reaction to that. the government is keeping a close watch on the development, the chief minister said.
An eyewitness, who claimed that three villagers were also injured in the face-off, said the incident took place when a vehicle with three occupants allegedly broke down near the outpost.
This infuriated the BSF who accused the trio of being smugglers and charged them. The news of the attack spread and nearby villagers came to their rescue, he said.
The villagers also accused the BSF personnel of being drunk on duty, which was denied by the IG.
Kumar said local police and senior BSF officials rushed to the spot to contain the situation.
The BSF has initiated an internal inquiry to probe into the matter, he added.

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First Published: Jun 26 2023 | 11:24 PM IST

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