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HYC accuses Assam of encroaching into Meghalaya

From A Reporter
SHILLONG, Nov 13: The Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) of Ri-Bhoi district and Raid Nongtung Circle has accused the Assam government of encroaching upon Meghalaya land at Umru village near Tyrso, Raid Nongtung Area Block-II with a motive to set up a police outpost.
In this connection, the Council on Monday submitted a memorandum to Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma suggesting that, if the border dispute between the two States cannot be resolved through dialogue, then the long-pending issue be taken up with the Supreme Court and the Central government.
Addressing reporters here in the city, HYC Ri-Bhoi district general secretary Hercules Suting said, “It has been learnt that the purpose of the said encroachment by the Assam government at Umru village is to set up a police outpost.”
He said such acts by the Assam government violate the status quo agreement signed between the two States, thereby creating tension in the area under Raid Nongtung. “The inter-State border dispute has been pending since long and remains unresolved till date as both the States are yet to sort out the issue,” he said.
According to him, if both the State governments choose dialogue for resolving the issue, then the status quo must be respected.
He, however, said if the Assam government continues to violate the agreement then there is no point for further dialogue.
Condemning the action of the Assam government, Suting urged the authority concerned to take necessary and immediate action against such acts and deal with the issue in a serious manner for restoring peace and stability in the area.