Congress MLA from Mariani constituency Rupjyoti Kurmi was shot at by unknown miscreants, suspected to be Naga militants, at Dissoi valley along the Assam-Nagaland border on Thursday afternoon. However, Kurmi safely dodged and escaped the gunshots without suffering any injuries.
The incident took place when the MLA went for a field inspection with a team of Assam police, forest department personnel and journalists, at the Dissoi Valley Reserve Forest in Mariani, where several hectares of land has, allegedly, been illegally occupied by Naga people.
As per initial reports, while Kurmi was present in the area to address the land dispute issue with the local people, some unknown miscreants opened fire at him from the Nagaland side.
According to local sources, the MLA narrowly escaped the firing and has been shifted to a safe location by the Assam Police. Reportedly, the Assam police also opened fire in retaliation of the attack, the source added.
Meanwhile, a task force of Jorhat police and an Assam rifles team is on their way to the site of the incident.
Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma has also expressed concern over the incident that took place at the New Sonowal Border Outpost (BOP) at Assam-Nagaland interstate border.
Through a statement, the Chief Minister termed the incident as unfortunate, as this can jeopardise the relationship between the two states. He directed Special DGP G.P. Singh to travel to the site of the incident and conduct an inquiry.
On Wednesday, the newly appointed superintendent of Jorhat police, Ankur Jain, along with a big team went to the disputed Dissoi valley area for inspection of the alleged illegal encroachment but had to return halfway due to poor road condition.