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Border clashes: Assam, Meghalaya agree on independent inquiry

A high-level ministerial team of Assam and Meghalaya Saturday agreed for an independent inquiry to defuse tension in the border village of Langpih.



Guwahati: A high-level ministerial team
of Assam and Meghalaya Saturday agreed for an independent inquiry
to defuse tension in the border village of Langpih where four
persons have been killed and 26 injured in group clashes and
subsequent police firing.

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told
reporters that the chief secretaries of both the states would
meet in a day or two to work out modalities of the inquiry and
suitable action will be taking accordingly.

Sarma, accompanied by Revenue Minister Bhumidhar
Barman, reviewed the prevailing situation with a visiting
Meghalaya delegation led by Home Minister H D R Lyngdoh.

Both sides agreed that all measures would be taken to
ensure that the situation does not occur along the boundary
with both Assam and Meghalaya deploying additional security
forces on either side.

Kamrup (Rural) Deputy Commissioner SK Roy said four
persons died and 26 others were injured in the group clash
between two communities and subsequent police firing
yesterday.

The police claimed that only two bodies had been
recovered yesterday though unconfirmed reports had put the
toll at six.

Roy said the situation has been brought under control
though tension prevailed. Strict vigil was being maintained.

Meanwhile, security has been stepped up in Meghalaya,
particularly in capital Shillong, with deployment of
additional forces.

"Last evening itself I had issued an order directing
the posting of adequate forces in Langpih area. There is an
urgent need to restore confidence and instill a sense of
security among our own people," Chief Minister Mukul Sangma
told reporters.

He said "more concrete steps" would be taken to
assuage the fear in the minds of the people of the area.

"The immediate requirement is to restore normalcy in
the area. If Assam Police can be present there, why shouldn`t
our men also be there," he said.

"Our forces` presence in the area will greatly help
the people get over the prevailing feeling of fear and
uncertainty," he said.

Sangma iterated that the government would adopt strong
measures to ensure that "such incidents are not repeated in
future".

He also emphasised the need for concerted efforts by
the governments of Meghalaya and Assam to put an end to the
long pending boundary issues.

"These are matters of great concern for both the
states and unless serious commitment is displayed solving such
vexed issues will remain remote," he said.

State Home Minister H D R Lyngdoh and DC and SP of
West Khasi Hills were touring the disturbed area.

PTI

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