Village: A 40-year-old woodcutter was killed and another injured after forest guards opened fire on them at Khalingduar Forest Reserve in Udalguri district of Assam.
According to reports, a regular patrolling team of forest officials on Wednesday spotted a group of people suspected to be loggers in the forest and fired two shots resulting in the death of a logger.
The deceased was identified as Ram Singh Gorh and was an employee of Nonaipara Tea Estate in Udalguri.
The injured gunman, identified as Sukra Bakhla, 46, was admitted to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) in Guwahati on Thursday.
“We took out an axe, a wooden stick and two horns,” said Ranger of Nonai Forest Range, Netra Kamal Saikia.
He said that after the shooting, a police team led by SP Jyoti Prasad Pegu of Udalguri district and SSB troops went to the spot and recovered the body of the woodcutter.
He was rushed to the Tangla Community Health Centre, where doctors declared him ‘brought in’.
ASP Jyoti Prasad Pegu said, “There was an incident of firing by the forest guards on suspicion of sawed wood in Khalingduar Forest of Nonaikhuti area.”
“We are awaiting the post-mortem report to confirm the cause of death,” he added.
This incident has shown strong anger among the people in the village, as the people who work in the tea plantation and the people of the village often collect wood from the forest.
“The forest officials along with the police removed the bodies from the forest without informing the village chief or the VDP Secretary,” said Deep Tanti, Udalguri district president of the Assam Tribal Tea Students Association (ATTSA).
He also said that the other injured Sukra Bagla was lying in a pool of blood in the forest that night, after the intervention of local students and members of the VCDC, the police and forest officials. saved the forest. Thursday morning.
Another villager named Bijoy Koya, 25 years old, who was part of the group of villagers who were harvesting wood, said that he could not be identified in this incident.