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Letter to PM on border row

Shillong, Dec. 5: Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) supremo Hoping Stone Lyngdoh has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene in resolving the inter-state boundary dispute to avoid “civil war” with Assam.

“I remind you to kindly see to the problems of the Khasi Scheduled Tribe because Meghalaya is still a sub-state of Assam as Assam still controls the secretariat, forest, police services and the judiciary,” Lyngdoh said in his letter to the Prime Minister.

He blamed the Assam police for “encroaching” into the land and forests of Khasis at Raid Nongmynsaw in 1979, where 380 Nepalese families were brought to settle in areas falling under his Assembly constituency, Nongstoin. “From then, this area became a conflict zone as the Nepalese harassed the local people,” he said.

Lyngdoh also alleged that Assam continues to create trouble all along the border in Khasi-Jaintia Hills.

On the 2009 map of Meghalaya prepared by Survey of India, which showed that Langpih and Blocks I and II areas are no longer a part of the state, the HSPDP president said nearly 150 villages, land and forests have been deleted from this map.

“The area includes 62 villages in Raid Mynsaw, eight in Mawtamur, 14 in Byrnihat, 28 in Raid Khyrim, 32 in Blocks I and VI in Retacherra. The Assam government claimed these areas and ordered the people to do away with the electoral photo identity cards obtained under the Meghalaya government and take fresh cards from Assam,” Lyngdoh said.

He said a public meeting was held on November 27, 2012 where it was resolved to appeal to the Centre to stop the activities undertaken by Assam against the Khasis.

“Kindly take immediate action to settle the boundary dispute to avoid civil war with Assam,” Lyngdoh said.