At least three civilians and a forest guard were killed and a dozen injured in a violent clash at Mukrang under Jirikending police station in West Karbi Anglong along the Assam-Meghalaya border on Tuesday morning.

Four people, including a forest guard, were killed in violence at the Assam-Meghalaya border after the police intercepted a truck transporting illegal timber in the early hours of Tuesday, officials said.

The truck was intercepted on the Meghalaya border by an Assam Forest Department team at around 3am, West Karbi Anglong's Superintendent of Police Imdad Ali told PTI.

As the truck tried to flee, the forest guards fired at it and punctured a tyre. The driver, a handyman and another person were apprehended, while others managed to escape, he said.

As police reached the spot, a strong mob from Meghalaya armed with sharp weapons gathered at the spot at around 5 am, the officer said.

As the mob gheraoed the forest guards and the police, demanding the immediate release of those arrested, the officers fired at them to bring the situation under control, he said.

“A forest home guard and three persons of the Khasi community were killed. The situation is under control,” the SP told a news agency.

However, it was not immediately clear how the forest guard, identified as Bidyasing Lekhte, was killed.Ali said top officers of the district were on their way to the remote area.