Assam-Meghalaya border: On Tuesday, three Jaintia civilians from West Jaintia Hills and an Assam forest guard were killed in a border dispute.
Meghalaya DGP LR Bishnoi confirmed the incident, stating that it occurred near the border in the Mukroh area.
Tensions rose when forest dwellers in Meghalaya were barred from illegally transporting wood from Assam’s Karbi Anglong.
Following the seizure of a wood-laden truck, hundreds of Khasi people from Meghalaya chased and attacked forest workers and police officers. As a result, the cops were forced to open fire on the intruders. In the firing incident, three Khasis and a forester were killed.
According to the Khasi Students Union’s (KSU) Mukroh Unit, several people were injured in the incident. The shooting occurred around 3 a.m., according to the student body.
In April 2022, In the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the chief ministers of Assam and Meghalaya signed a pact to resolve a portion of their five-decade-old boundary dispute. The 884-kilometer border between the two states has seen numerous flare-ups over the years.
With this newly signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Meghalaya will gain 18.33 square kilometres and Assam will gain 18.46 square kilometres out of a total of 36.79 square kilometres in 6 of 12 areas of disagreement between the two states.
The Memorandum of Understanding will be regarded as a complete and final agreement in respect of the six points of contention. The areas mentioned are rough estimates based on a table-top exercise using spatial technologies. It will be determined more precisely during the detailed survey for the demarcation and delineation of the boundary, which will be conducted in the presence of representatives from both states’ respective governments.
This MoU was signed to resolve the case of the inter-state boundary between Meghalaya and Assam in six of the twelve areas of disagreement.
Gizang, Tarabari, Langpih (Lumpi), Hahim, Boklapara, Borduar, Khanapara-Pillangkata, Nongwah-Mawtamur (Garbhanga), Block-I & Block-II, Deshdoomreah, Khanduli and Psiar, and Ratacherra are the 12 areas of difference.