India protest over forest killings in Assam

Local people have blocked a key highway in India's north-eastern state of Assam to protest against the killing of 10 people over forest land.

Police said men from neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh state fired on villagers who were staging a demonstration to protect a forest.

The villagers accuse their attackers of encroaching on Assam's forest land.

But, some officials said the protesters themselves were encroachers who were evicted twice by the forest department.

The incident took place on Wednesday night in the Chauldhua area of Assam's Sonitpur district.

A senior police official said the toll may go up as several people have suffered bullet injuries and at least 10 people are still missing.

Local people have blocked a highway linking Assam with Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday in protest against the killings.

Security has been tightened in the dense jungle area with government deploying police and paramilitary troops.

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