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Assam-Meghalaya border: Judicial Panel Orders Assam Govt to File Additional Plea By May 30

Mukroh Firing Incident is being investigated by the Judicial Inquiry Commission, which has given the Assam govt till May 30 to file a new plea to complement the one they previously submitted.

Assam-Meghalaya border: Judicial Panel Orders Assam Govt  to File Additional Plea By May 30

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  26 May 2023 5:13 AM GMT

SHILLONG: Witnesses were being questioned by the Justice (retired) T. Vaiphei-led judicial inquiry commission looking into the Mukroh fire incident on November 22 of last year. Meanwhile, the Assam administration has been given until May 30 to file a new application to complement the one they previously submitted, according to the Justice (retd) T. Vaiphei-led Judicial Inquiry Commission.

While Assam asserts that Mukroh is in the West Karbi Anglong district, Meghalaya says that Mukroh is in the West Jaintia Hills district.

Moreover, the inquiry Commission heard arguments from A. Pandey, the attorney representing the State of Meghalaya with assistance from Amartya Sharan and Yoothica Pallavi, D. Gogoi, the attorney representing AAG, Assam, the attorney representing the State of Assam, TL Jyrwa, and E. Bareh, the attorney representing the Mukroh villagers.

According to the Commission's directive, the State of Assam's legal representative will submit the application on or before May 30 and provide advance copies to the other parties' knowledgeable legal representatives on that very same day.

Six individuals were killed at Mukroh on November 22 as a result of an effort by the Assam police and forest authorities to apprehend alleged timber smugglers from Meghalaya.

The location is in one of the 12 disputed sectors along the border between Assam and Meghalaya. The conflict began after Meghalaya was separated from Assam in 1972 to become a separate State.

On or before June 6, the State of Meghalaya and the residents of Mukroh will submit their separate replies.

The following hearing is scheduled for June 8th.

Furthermore, on May 24, the chief ministers of Assam and Meghalaya began the second phase of their border negotiations at the state guest house Koinadora in Guwahati, Assam.

Conrad K. Sangma, the chief minister of Meghalaya, is present at the meeting along with the deputy chief ministers Prestone Tynsong and Snaiwbhalang Dhar, cabinet minister Comingone Ymbone, and a few other top government officials, including the chief secretary.

Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Chief Minister of Assam, Cabinet Ministers Atul Bora, Pijush Hazarika, and Chandra Mohan Patowary, and other senior Assam government officials are among the delegation from Assam.

The six remaining regions of contention, namely Langpih, Borduar, Nongwah-Mawtamur, Desh Doomreah, Block 1 & Block II, and Psiar-Khanduli, will be resolved at the second round of boundary negotiations.

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