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Illegal Tree felling at Assam-Arunachal Border area Leads to Firing

Some unknown villagers in Arunachal Pradesh’s Kimin have reportedly cut down 22 trees standing at the border disputed area between Bello II, under Kimin subdivision and Assam at around 6 AM on 23 November, leading to firing shots in the air by the Assam Forest officials.

As per the Arunachal Pradesh Police PRO, “Assam forest officials arrived and air fired some rounds of ammunition at around 8 AM to 8:35 AM, and as told, in retaliation, some villagers have thrown firecrackers in the disputed area.”

Accordingly, the Kimin police station officer in-charge, along with the Kimin ADC and RFO were asked to rush to the spot. Additional PCCF Guwahati, DCF NLP and RFO Harmoti also visited the spot.

“The situation was controlled and the 22 jutli trees were seized by the Assam RFO and given to the Kimin RFO on zimma,” the APP PRO said, adding: “The situation is under control as of now.”

It is to be mentioned that the Arunachal Pradesh Government ordered an inquiry into the incident were shots were fired into the air at Bello village in Kimin circle of Papum Pare district, just a day after Home Minister Bamang Felix claimed that the governments of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh are working to resolve the latest border boundary dispute emerging in Kimin circle.

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