SHILLONG, Nov 13: The Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) has expressed its strong opposition to the proposed setting up of a police outpost by the Assam government at Umru village and has demanded that the Meghalaya government immediately intervenes in the matter.
While pointing out that the boundary dispute between the two states has been a long drawn issue, the HYC has also suggested that the Meghalaya government seeks the intervention of either the Supreme Court or the Central government if the same cannot be resolved through the ongoing dialogue between the two states.
In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma here on Monday, the president of the Ri Bhoi district wing of the HYC, John Nongrum said, “We register our protest against this illegal act and we demand that necessary action to deal with this issue in a serious manner…”
He informed that the Assam government through its police department had illegally trespasses into Meghalaya territory at Umru village near Tyrso under Raid Nongtung for setting up of a police outpost.
Stating that such acts by the Assam government violates the status quo agreement agreed by the two states, Nongrum said that this has created tension within the areas falling under Block II.
Referring to the ongoing inter-state border talks between Assam and Meghalaya, the HYC leader however said that the Council is of the view that such violation act by the Assam government still continues then there’s no point of continuing with the dialogue.
“We also suggest that if the dialogue cannot resolve the dispute, then strong ways and means must be prepared to take the long pending and unresolved issue either to the Supreme Court or to the Central government,” he stated in the memorandum.
Nongrum also informed that a group of Assam police personnel on October 22 had also conducted an inspection in Umru village for the purpose of setting up the police outpost despite of the fact that the village is within Meghalaya jurisdiction.
He also said if the state government fails to put a stop to such moves by the Assam government, the Council along with the people of the area are determined to intensify protest at the border area.
Nongrum also demanded that the headman of the village refrains from issuing any permission to the Assam government to go ahead with the construction of the police outpost.