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Meghalaya CM speaks to Assam CM on inter-state boundary row

“Our chief secretary (M.S.Rao) has also spoken to his counterpart in Assam and accordingly the Deputy Commissioner of Ri-Bhoi district is also in constant touch with the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup,” he said.

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Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has spoken to his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma in regard to a skirmish along the inter-state boundary at Longkhuli village in Ri-Bhoi district which took place on Monday after Assam police uprooted electric poles erected by Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited on alleged disputed land.
“I had a talk with the honourable chief minister of Assam yesterday and today also. Even though he was very busy because of the unfortunate incidents that took place in Mizoram, he still managed to speak and we both have decided that there should not be any further instigation and we should try to maintain peace,” Sangma told reporters.
“Therefore, both sides have been asked to refrain and restrain and accordingly that is what is happening,” he said and informed that he has asked the local MLA of Jirang assembly constituency, S Sohtun to go and make a field visit, which he had carried out today.
“He had gone down to ‘ground zero’ and has met the people and will be submitting a report to me very shortly,” the Chief Minister said, adding that he has been in touch with the Deputy Commissioner
of Ri-Bhoi district, R.M.Kurbah.
“Our chief secretary (M.S.Rao) has also spoken to his counterpart in Assam and accordingly the Deputy Commissioner of Ri-Bhoi district is also in constant touch with the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup,” he said.
“The matter, as of now is under control and we also urge everybody in both sides that we should maintain peace. Both the state governments are working towards finding an amicable solution to this. So therefore, we will work towards it,” he iterated.
“In the meantime, we ask and request all citizens to refrain from both sides…both the administrations to refrain also from any kind of aggressive movement so that we are able to move forward in the discussion and find an amicable solution to this very long pending issue between the two states,” Sangma emphasised.
Police and security forces have been deployed on both sides of the inter-state boundary to thwart any possible public unrest as both the neighbouring states have 12 areas of dispute between them.
Both Sangma and Sarma had met in Shillong on July 23 last to discuss about the Meghalaya-Assam boundary row and had made a joint statement to move forward “beyond status quo” and work out a practical solution to the vexed issue.

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