SHILLONG, July 18: A delegation of the Border Joint Action Committee â€“ Jaintia & Karbi (BJAC-JK) â€“ comprising of the Jaintia Students Union (JSU), Karbi – Anglong Students Association (KSA) along with headmen from different villages under Block-I Wednesday met the Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma, to put pressure on the two state governments to end up the long pending boundary disputes between Meghalaya and Assam especially in Block â€“ I area.
The committee also demanded from the two governments to provide a proper demarcation in the three villages â€“ Khanduli, Psiar and Moolber under Block â€“ I.
This is the first time ever, the two pressure groups representing Pnar in Jaintia hills district and Karbi in Assam have taken steps to call for early settlement of the issue, even as here was suggestion for a â€œreferendumâ€ allowing the people living in the borders to decide which side they want to be.
Expressing satisfaction on the outcome of the meeting, JSU general secretary Rikut N Parien said, â€œThis is our first meeting with the Chief Minister of Meghalayaâ€ adding â€œThe Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma has assured that he would soon shoot a letter to his counterpart Tarun Gogoi on the matterâ€.
However, the general secretary informed, â€œThe committee would also soon hold a similar meeting with the Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, to apprise him on the need for early settlement of the boundary issueâ€.
He added, â€œThe committee is also likely to meet the CEM of Karbi Anglong Autonomous District Council on July 26â€.
â€œWe have decided to meet the two state governments to put pressure on the need to resolve the boundary dispute at Block-I area which is long overdueâ€, Parien asserted adding â€œWe donâ€™t want clash to erupt between the two communities (Pnars and Karbis) living along the borders. We want peace and tranquility to prevail like it used to for the past decadesâ€.
Demanding proper demarcation, the general secretary said, â€œWe have apprised the CM on the need to have a proper demarcation at the three villages of Block â€“ I including Khanduli, Psiar and Moolberâ€.
Further, Parien informed, â€œWe also demanded the Meghalaya â€“ Assam governments to formed a committee which will include the headmen and people of the villages falling under the disputed areasâ€.
However, the Committee further suggested that there be a â€œreferendumâ€ allowing the people residing along the borders to decide on which side they want to be. â€œThis will be as one of the ways and means to end up this long pending boundary disputesâ€, the general secretary added.
Besides, the committee also asked the two state governments to identify and verify the pillars especially those in Psiar areas which were erected since 1951. â€œThere is confusion on the pillarsâ€, Parien said.
He added, â€œWe have asked the two governments to demand from Survey of India to verify on the pillars set up along the bordersâ€.
KSA vice president Leon Angling however said, â€œThe issue is serious if the two state governments are not willing to solve it amicablyâ€.
He however assured that people in borders should not worry and that JAC will do all it could to ensure that this issue be solved â€œpoliticallyâ€.