Shillong, Nov 22: The tug-of-war between Assam and Meghalaya over the disputed Langpih area has intensified, with the latter announcing the setting up of a police outpost in the area along the boundary.
Though officials of both the states had decided two days ago to maintain status quo on the boundary, Meghalaya Home Minister H S Lyngdoh made a U-turn, saying the government would go ahead with its plans to set up a police outpost at Langpih, located on the borders of Assam`s Kamrup district and Meghalaya`s West Khasi Hills district.
"We will set up outpost there (Langpih) with two platoons of police personnel for the security of the local people of Meghalaya," Lyngdoh told reporters here last night.
During the chief-secretarial meeting on Thursday, Assam had ruled out the possibility of allowing Meghalaya to set up a police outpost at Langpih.
Assam has a police outpost at Langpih, while Meghalaya has one at Lejadubi, about 1.5 km from there.
"Once a 5 km road to Langpih from Ktiehthawiar is completed, the temporary outpost from Lejadubi would be shifted to Langpih," Lyngdoh, who had informed the Assembly recently about the decision to set up the outpost, said.
He claimed that Assam had encroached the area over two decades back and was pushing settlers to the state.
Langpih shot to limelight in May, when Assam laid foundation stones of some office quarters there, prompting protests from Meghalaya. Chief Ministers of both the states then set up a co-ordination committee to resolve the dispute.
There are 12 areas of difference between the two states. Assam stakes claim over the areas based on the Y V Chandrachur committee report, 1988, while Meghalaya says the areas belong to it as per the provisions of the Sixth Schedule.