Cops object to stage at Langpih

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By OUR CORRESPONDENT
  • Published 30.06.12
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Shillong, June 29: Assam police this evening objected to the stage constructed at Langpih (Lampi in Assam) by local people for hosting the fast-unto-death starting tomorrow by 28-year-old Pynskhemlang Nongshlong of Rambrai village in West Khasi Hills.

Around 6.30pm, Assam police personnel came to Langpih and objected to the construction of the stage, West Khasi Hills superintendent of police R. Muthu told The Telegraph over phone.

Muthu said local people confronted the police personnel who also tried to dismantle the stage.

Though no untoward incident has occurred till the filing of this report, Muthu said an air of anxiety was developing in the area. The district police chief had also spoken to his counterpart in Kamrup district to diffuse the situation.

Langpih, on the boundary of West Khasi Hills and Kamrup districts and around 150km from Shillong, has for long been a bone of contention between Meghalaya and Assam. It came into focus on May 14, 2010, when Assam police personnel allegedly opened fire in a market there, killing four Khasi villagers — Columbus Hujon, Charles Lyngkhoi, Ekros Rani, and Dennis Nongsiej — and injuring 12 others.

The West Khasi Hills district administration will be sending a magistrate and other officials to Langpih to oversee the situation and to ensure that no untoward incident occurred.

Nongshlong will be holding his fast-unto-death at the monument constructed in memory of the four slain villagers.

Kamrup deputy commissioner S.K. Roy told The Telegraph this evening that a team of officials was already camping in Lampi and more officials would be despatched tomorrow to stop the fast from taking place.

“We are in touch with our counterparts in Meghalaya. We have articulated our concerns,” Roy said.