Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Tuesday informed that he has spoken to his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma regarding the death of five civilians and one Assam forest guard during a firing incident at Mukroh village in West Jaintia Hills district.
Sangma also said that he has reported the incident to the Union Home Minister and sought its intervention and action.
Six persons – five civilians from Meghalaya and one Assam forest guard – died and two civilians were seriously injured during the violent clashes between the villagers and Assam police. The Assam police resorted to firing leading to the deaths of five civilians.
“I have spoken to the Assam Chief Minister this morning and briefed him about the incident. He (Sarma) is also aware about the incident,” Sangma said.
“Our discussion was very brief and he (Sarma) has assured that whatever can be done from the Assam government side it will be done,” he added.
Stating that the Mukroh where the incident occurred is within the Meghalayan territory, the Chief Minister said the state government was about to open an outpost at Barato later this month owing to the sensitiveness of the area.
“There was a thin security presence from the Meghalaya side in the area and we were trying to increase the security cover with the creation of the outpost on November 25, considering the sensitiveness of the area” he added.
Asked if the ongoing border talks with Assam will be derailed following the violent incident, Sangma said the incident was not directly linked to the talks.
“The border talks are really important to us but given the current time, it has affected the overall situation. Things will not be the same as in the past. Therefore, we need confidence-building measures”
“We expect that both the Government of India and the Government of Assam will take the necessary steps to ensure that justice is done,” the Chief Minister added.