SHILLONG, July 07: An attack by a group of men who are accused of being cattle smugglers left three dead in a village which lies close to the international border between India and Bangladesh in West Jaintia Hills (WJH) district.
A total of six persons were returning to their homes in Amlanai village in the district when they were stopped midway at Trangblang and attacked with lethal weapons at around 2:30 pm on Friday.
Village headman, Thomlin Surong, village secretary Hamboi Langshiang and another village member Shan Khongiong were killed on the spot while the three others who were recovered in a critical condition were admitted at the Civil Hospital at Jowai, district SP Vivek Syiem said.
He said the main accused in the attack, George R Manner and his brother and cousin brother later surrendered at the Amlarem Police Station.
Police later arrested the three others, William Kerry Manner who is a younger brother of the main accused along two others from their village.
According to villagers, the headman and other villagers had apprehended George, the main accused, with a herd of cattle trespassing through the village meant for smuggling to Bangladesh earlier this week.
He was assaulted and police reached the area in time to rescue him and aFIR against the village headman and others was lodged on July 4.
The Manners family also claims ownership to the land the people at Amlanai are residing in and parts of the community forests there where a court case is on in this regards, according to the police.
All the accused have been produced in a local court and the police have sought 10 days custody, Syiem said.