Shillong, May 22: The Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) today demanded that the Meghalaya government send more police forces to Langpih, following incidents of high-handedness by the neighbouring state.
KSU president Daniel Khyriem said, “People in Langpih need protection from the high-handedness of Assam government officials. The state government should immediately send additional forces to the area, as the present strength is not enough to ensure security of our people.”
Condemning the recent incidents at Langpih, he said, “We are surprised to note that while the Assam government continues to indulge in several acts, the Meghalaya government continues to maintain that all issues would be negotiated across the table.”
Khyriem also demanded that the state government intervene in the alleged encroachment by Assam at Khanapara in Ri Bhoi district.
The Assam government had allegedly set up a police outpost on the land that is under Meghalaya.
Yesterday, Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma, while seeking the intervention of the Union home minister P. Chidambaram into the inter-state imbroglio following incidents at Langpih, had said both states should wait for the outcome of the talks between the chief secretaries of the two states to be held on Thursday.
The chief secretary-level meeting scheduled to be held in Dispur is likely to find an amicable solution to the recurring border skirmishes in Langpih, a disputed area on the Assam-Meghalaya border.
Official sources said the meeting between the chief secretaries of Assam and Meghalaya would discuss ways to maintain the status quo in Langpih for the time being, before taking up the issues of boundary settlement.
“The main concern at present is ways to address the problems related to the new construction on the border,” the official added.
After Assam police personnel demolished a dorbar (hall) of Khasi residents in Langpih on Saturday, there was also a move to demolish the memorial built at Langpih, in memory of the four Khasi villagers who were shot dead by Assam police on May 14, 2010.
“A few Khasi residents were injured, when Assam police personnel resorted to a lathi-charge on Sunday at Langpih in their bid to demolish the memorial,” the police sources said.