Shillong: The influential Khasi Students Union on Tuesday demanded that the Meghalaya government deploy more forces along the interstate border with Assam to protect residents from harassment.
"The state government should deploy additional police forces along the interstate border particularly at Langpih in West Khasi hills and Khanapara in Ri-Bhoi district," KSU President Daniel Khyriem said.
"Security of the people living in the border areas should be the top priority of the government irrespective of the government to government talks which is being taken up," he said.
Condemning the dismantling of a community hall by Assam government officials on May 19, the KSU alleged that the Assam government was flexing its muscles in border areas.
Road repair was stopped at Khanduli on May 20 and recently an Assam police outpost had come up at Khanapara in Ri-Bhoi district, the KSU leader said.
Khyriem demand that the police outpost be removed.
Meghalaya and Assam have 12 areas of difference along the inter-state border and the matter got worse in May 2010 when four youths from Meghalaya were shot dead by Assam police during a clash at Langpih.
Meghalaya had adopted a resolution urging the Centre to constitute a border commission which was rejected by Assam government.