Meghalaya to register protest with Assam, seek CBI inquiry

Shillong: Meghalaya on Tuesday said it will register a strong protest with the Assam government and also seek a CBI inquiry into the May 14 firing incident at the disputed border village of Langpih.

Talking to reporters, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said he would be leaving for Delhi tomorrow in connection with the finalisation of the state's annual plan and would seek an appointment with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to impress upon him the need for an "independent and impartial inquiry" into the incident.

The decision to press for a CBI inquiry was taken at a Cabinet meeting yesterday.

Sangma who visited Langpih with other cabinet ministers, said his government would register a protest with the Assam government and would use "pressure, dialogue and diplomacy to achieve a permanent solution to the long pending border issue".

Four persons were killed and 26 injured in group clashes and subsequent police firing at Langpih.

Sangma said he had already sent a police platoon to the area and more forces would be sent till a permanent solution was arrived at.

He said the villagers had alleged that the Assam government was encouraging new settlement and expressed apprehension that this would disturb the demographic structure as both the states had agreed to maintain status quo.

Meanwhile, the 12-hour bandh called by the Khasi Students' Union and NGOs in protest against the May 14 incident passed off peacefully.