A mob armed with shotguns attacked a remote village in northeast India, killing at least 10 people in a long-simmering land dispute, police said Thursday.
The attackers fired indiscriminately Wednesday evening in Chauldhua village in in northern Assam state, said resident Indrashwar Das.
“A large mob attacked us with guns, everyone was surprised,” said Das, who was shot in the leg. “I saw people falling and I ran.”
The gunmen came from neighboring Arunachal Pradesh state, police said. It took officers several hours to access the densely forested area, said police official Sanjukta Parashar.
The dispute dates back to 1987, when Arunachal Pradesh state was created and the village was declared to be in Assam. There have been similar attacks before, but Wednesday’s was the most deadly. The Supreme Court has taken up the case.
Chauldhua is nearly 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Gauhati, the state capital of Assam.
Chauldhua is situated in Baliapur tehsil and located in Dhanbad district of Jharkhand. It is one of 67 villages in baliapur Block along with villages like Mohanpur Alias Nutandih and Dolabar. Nearby railway station of Chauldhua is Dhanbad.