JOWAI | June 14, 2019:
The Meghalaya police along with the local villagers on Wednesday chased the Assam police along with the CrPF personnel away following attempts by the former to clear a portion of the land located at Block I, West Jaintia Hills with the objective to set up a police outpost.
As per late reports, around 60 personnel of the Assam police and CrPF entered 10 km inside Meghalaya for setting up of the outpost. The area which the Assam police plan to construct the outpost is 4 km away from Khatkasla and along the kutcha road which leads from Umkhyrmi to Mokoilum in West Karbi Anglong District in Assam.
This is not the first time that Assam has tried to intrude into areas falling under Meghalaya. Local villagers alleged that the Assam police, from time to time, are harassing the people residing along the inter-State boundary between Assam and Meghalaya.
It was informed that after receiving information about the plan of Assam police to set up a outpost, the West Jaintia Hills police led by District Magistrate F Basan, the BDO of Laskeiñ C&RD Block and Dy.SP of West Jaiñtia Hills, D. Moksha immediately rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.
On reaching the areas at Block I, it was informed that the district police along with the local villagers from the neighbouring villages like Psiar and Khatkasla asked the Assam police to return. Due to the persistent of the Meghalaya police, the Assam police along with the CrPF personnel left the area. Following this incident, West Jaintia Hills, Lakador Syiem said that the district police will take all possible steps to protect the local villagers even as ensuring that law and order is maintain along the inter-State border.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya Home Minister James Sangma on Thursday informed that Assam police has stopped the construction of its outpost and withdrawn from Psiar in West Jaintia Hills peacefully.
Sangma said that Chief Minister Conrad Sangma took up the issue immediately with his Assam counterpart and Assam Chief Minister, Sarbanada Sonowal immediately instructed the police party to move out of the area.
He said that there have been no further attempts by the Assam police to construct outpost and the issue has been resolved peacefully. Pointing out that there is always lack of communication which results in such instances but what is important is that they have been able to solve it peacefully, Sangma said, “This whole issue was resolved in a peaceful manner amicably and through dialogues and we have to see from that point of view that Assam has listened to us”.
It may be mentioned in 2018, the Assam police had reportedly tried to construct a BOP at Khatkasla and Psiar villages along Assam border. However, the villagers alerted police who came and stopped the work after minutes of argument. The work was started without the permission of the deputy commissioner and the police super. The headmen informed that the Assam Police have come to Khatkasla village along with armed personnel and JCB and with the help of JCB, they removed some trees and also leveled the site for construction of the Assam BOP. The site for construction of the BOP is a forest jointly owned by the two villages.
Meanwhile, informing about Chief Ministerial level talks between the two states slated for this month, Sangma informed that the itineraries and programmes are not fixed yet and both the Chief Ministers will be sitting and meeting at a suitable time to discuss the important issue. It may be mentioned that this will be the first ever Chief Ministerial level talks on border issue of the MDA coalition with Assam.