Meghalaya firm with Langpih construction, Assam Police says agreement violation

Posted in February 2012

Staff Reporter
The official team of Assam Government led by Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Rural), SK Roy and Superintendent APS of Kamrup and the Meghalaya official team  led by Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), W Nongsiej and Superintendent of Police, West Khasi Hills District, R Muthu accompanied by EAC, M.B Tongper held a three hours long official meeting at the Langpih Battalion camp of Assam police in connection with the attempt to stop the ongoing market complex construction under taken by the Deputy Commissioner, West Khasi Hills District.
The three hours long meeting was hotly debated by both side of the Government officials of Assam and Meghalaya and ended without any conclusive official decision.
In the meeting, Roy reiterated that there should not be any permanent structure construction at the disputed border areas stating that this was as per the agreement taken between the two Chief Ministers of Assam and Meghalaya soon after the May 14, 2010 firing incidents at Langpih market.
On the other hand, Nongsiej argued Meghalaya was maintaining the status quo and that both sides of the Assam and Meghalaya governments should develop their respective areas as far as possible.
He also said that the market complex construction will proceed further and in the meantime all these unwanted developments taking place will immediately be reported to the Government of Meghalaya accordingly.
Nongsiej further reminded the Assam officials that the Government of Meghalaya has never objected to the market complex construction and Community Hall construction undertaken by the Assam Government.
Following the official meeting the ADC met the public members, who had gathered at Langpih market wherein he questioned the public whether the market construction should proceed further or stop here.
The crowd apparently demanded that construction should continue until its final completion and also assured to do the construction work voluntarily.
The crowd also the demanded for more forces to be deployed during the construction for their safety.
Meanwhile, President of FKJGP Raidmynsaw Unit  (Langpih area) , Pynwar K Bani said the federation demanded the state Home Minister, HDR Lyngdoh to immediately deploy some more police forces at Langpih for safety and security of the border people as the Langpih border issue remains inconclusive till date.
He further expressed his appreciation to the present Langpih police out post personnel towards their tremendous efforts in maintaining peace and harmony in the disputed border areas.
Bani also expressed his surprise as to why the Assam police forces threatened to shoot the people of Langpih on February 28 last.
“The FKJGP does not want another unwanted and uncalled for May 14 incidents of 2010 to recur again in the border areas,” he added.
It may here also be mentioned that the Assam Government officials were escorted by heavy security guards comprising of Black Cats and Commandos. On the other hand, Meghalaya officials were accompanied by only one police vehicle.

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