Two forest guards were arrested after a 2-year-old child was killed and her mother injured when they opened fire to chase away a herd of wild elephants at Boko in Assam’s Kamrup (Rural) district.

Officials said that the forest personnel, seeking to repel a herd of elephants, fired shots in the air, but accidentally two bullets hit two-year-old Arbi Daimary and her mother Malobika Daimary at the Bondapara area in Kamrup (Rural) on Saturday.

The child subsequently succumbed to her injuries and the woman is now undergoing treatment at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).

Local people demanding action against the forest personnel and compensation to the victim’s family organised massive in Boko.

The arrested forest guards have been identified as Imtiaz Ahmed and Sidhartha Sinha.

Kamrup (Rural) Deputy Commissioner Kailash Kartik and Superintendent of Police Hitesh Roy had visited the Bondapara division forest office and assured the people of appropriate action against the forest guards.

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