DONGKAMUKAM: The situation along the Assam-Meghalaya border at Umlapher under Boithalangso Police Station remains tense since the past 10 to 12 days. The area falls under Chingthong MAC constituency. The area is already inside Assam's territory but Meghalaya claims it under the area Block II.
Since the past few days, Meghalaya Police have allegedly started intruding into the area and creating a tense situation. The area has a sizeable Khasi population. On Wednesday, there was an alleged altercation between Assam Police and Meghalaya Police at Umlapher. Assam Police charged Meghalaya Police for creating a tense situation by intruding into Assam's territory. The situation became normal after a large number of people from the Assam side gathered and the Meghalaya Police had to leave.
Earlier on Tuesday, Assam Police was forced to withdraw the Umlapher check gate after local Khasi villagers protested against the alleged beating of two Khasi youths by Assam Police during routine vehicle check. The villagers from Lovai Amsi Khasi village stormed into the check gate and confronted the police and a heated exchange of words took place. Assam Police then immediately withdraw from the check point. The villagers also demolished the check point structure during the protest.
The situation was brought under control after West Karbi Anglong Superintendent of Police, Additional SP Boithalangso, OC and Outpost in-charge, Mawhati MAC Charles Marngar, Meghalaya Ribhoi District SP reached the spot to pacify the Khasi villagers.
The local people of the area have urged the Assam Chief Minister and Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) to take up the matter with their Meghalaya counterparts to solve the problem at the earliest.