TNT News | Shillong | Feb 14, 2019

Tension engulfed Assam-Meghalaya border on Thursday as reports of Assam police resorting to lathi charge came to light at Umwali village, near Langpih in West Khasi Hills district.

Confirming the incident, a police official said on Thursday, workers of a local firm, M/S Dhar Construction had arrived in Umwali village, near Langpih to erect electrical poles and service connection.

However Assam Police personnel who went to the spot to halt the work, arrested one person, following which the locals from the village protested and started pelting stones, to which the Assam Police resorted to lathi charge.

Assam police claimed that the area where the implementation of the Electrical Development Project of Meghalaya was taking place falls under them. According to sources, the police resorted to lathi charge after failing to stop the people from erecting the electric poles.

It may be mentioned that the area in question is a disputed land.

Police official confirmed that few persons were seriously injured in the incident.

When contacted, West Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner, Tableland Lyngwa said that he had send officers to inquire about the whole incident and to submit its report.

It may be mentioned that the SDPO of Mawshynrut along with a Magistrate had been send to Langpih to assess the situation and submit its report.

According to the Deputy Commissioner, only one was arrested by the Assam police as per information available with him.

The project was stalled for the past two months. It was after the  meeting of the KSU members of Rimuliang with the Deputy Commissioner that the implementation of the project again resume.

According to Meghalaya both the states agreed to maintain status quo in the border areas and developmental activities in the disputed areas should be taken only with prior information and after mutual discussion by the respective deputy commissioners.

It was also agreed upon that no new settlement or encroachment will be allowed in these areas of dispute by both the state governments.

Reacting to this, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma Meghalaya administration is in touch with the their counterparts in Assam and the matter is being resolved.