Hamren (Assam): The situation is tense but calm after violent clashes in a village on the Assam-Meghalaya border in the early hours of Tuesday. A senior official said on Thursday that a large number of security personnel have been deployed in the area following the death of six persons in violent clashes. Restrictions under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) have also been imposed at the clash site and surrounding areas, the official said. The officer told ‘PTI-Bhasha’, “The situation is peaceful and security personnel will be kept there till the atmosphere becomes completely normal.” Our magistrate is visiting the spot daily.
Violence broke out in the early hours of Tuesday at a disputed site in West Karbi Anglong district along the Assam-Meghalaya border, killing six people, including a forest guard, when a truck carrying illegally cut timber was rammed by Assam foresters. was stopped. Following the series of attacks on passenger cars following the incident, the Assam government has stopped vehicles from plying to Meghalaya. Policemen have put up barricades at various entry points from Assam to Meghalaya and people are being urged not to drive to Meghalaya in vehicles with Assam number plates.
Deputy Commissioner of Guwahati Police (East) Sudhakar Singh told ‘PTI-Bhasha’, “We are requesting people not to travel to Meghalaya in a car registered from Assam. If it is absolutely necessary (to travel), they should hire Meghalaya taxis from the border entry points.” He, however, said there was no such restriction on commercial vehicles like trucks and tankers. Asked how long the restrictions would continue, Singh said, “I cannot tell immediately, it all depends on the situation.”
Meanwhile, the Assam government on Thursday handed over the body of the forest guard to his family members after the post-mortem, the official said. Meghalaya authorities in West Karbi Anglong district handed over the body of the deceased forest guard to Assam authorities on Wednesday night. He has been identified as Bidyasingh Lekhte. At least five social organizations in Meghalaya on Thursday announced a two-day peaceful agitation demanding strict action against those responsible for the Mukroh village incident.
Assam and Meghalaya have long been at loggerheads over 12 areas along the 884.9-km inter-state border and the site where the violence took place is one of them. The two states had signed an MoU in March this year to end the dispute in the six areas. Meghalaya was carved out of Assam in 1972 and has since challenged the Assam Reorganization Act, 1971, according to which the boundary between the two states was demarcated.
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 24, 2022, 17:33 IST