Shillong/ Guwahati, July 10: Six suspected cattle smugglers have been arrested by Meghalaya Police for allegedly killing three people in a village in West Jaintia Hills district along the Indo-Bangladesh border which is said to be a key route for cattle smuggling. The victims and three others were reportedly assaulted with lethal weapons while they were on their way home, near Trangblang on Friday.
The incident came to light only, on Sunday night. Police have reportedly sent for forensic tests, blood-stained clothes seized from the six accused.
The six suspects who are in police custody are George Manner, Ross Manner, Lasawki Manner, William Carey Manner, Namdi Manner and Khamtilang Myrlia.
The six victims include Amlanai’s village headman, Thomlin Surong who, reportedly died on the spot along with the village secretary Hamboi Langshiang and another person from the village Shan Khongiong. The three other victims were critically injured and were admitted to the Jowai Civil Hospital.
Reports say one of the suspects, George Manner was recently apprehended and assaulted by the headman and other residents for trespassing through the village with cattle that they were about to smuggle into the neighbouring country. An FIR was later filed against the village headman and the others on July 4.