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Committee formed to verify villages

Shillong, July 23: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) today formed a special committee to verify the number of border villages within the jurisdiction of various Hima (Khasi state) which has been “encroached” upon by neighbouring Assam.

The formation of the committee came a few days before all the 29 members of the KHADC undertook a visit to the border villages to understand the problems faced by residents living along the inter-state boundary.

On July 29, the members will visit places along the inter-state boundary such as Sabuda and Madan Umwang in Ri-Bhoi district bordering Assam’s Karbi-Anglong.

The council formed the Khasi Hills Special Boundary Committee in a meeting between the executive member in-charge of elaka administration, K.P. Pangniang, and chiefs of various hima, which spread their jurisdiction to villages sharing a border with Assam.

“The committee will find out and verify the number of villages that have been encroached by Assam and submit its findings within six months,” Pangniang, who is the chairman of the committee, told reporters.

He said the committee would also find out the reasons that made such villages go to Assam. The council also instructed the chiefs to register the land of people along the inter-state boundary with their respective Hima so that the council can maintain land records.

Representatives of different hima like Mylliem, Khyrim and Nongkhlaw, besides representatives of Raid Nongtung, Raid Mynsaw, Riangsieh, Jyrnngam and Nonglang, attended the meeting.

The previous executive committee of the KHADC had also formed a record-finding committee and collected maps and documents related to the territory of various Khasi states whose jurisdiction spreads to villages bordering Assam.

Meghalaya has a long-pending boundary dispute with Assam ever since its formation in 1972.