Movement of Assam vehicles to Meghalaya resumes after 6 days

Published: November 27,2022 02:36 PM

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The movement of Assam vehicles to Meghalaya resumes after 6 days of Mukroh firing incident on Assam-Meghalaya Border

November 27, 2022: The movement of Assam vehicles to Meghalaya resumes after 6 days of Mukroh firing incident on Assam-Meghalaya Border.

The law and order situation in the affected districts of Meghalaya is, however, slowly returning to normalcy, with shops and commercial establishments in Shillong opening and significant traffic seen on roads.

No major incidents were reported in the Meghalaya's capital. Only some miscreants burnt tyres on the road in West Jaintia Hills district.

The travel advisory was issued after violence erupted in Mukroh village early on Tuesday after a truck laden with “illegally felled timber” was intercepted by Assam forest guards. Six people — five tribal villagers from Meghalaya and a forest guard from Assam — were killed in the clashes.

Barricades have been erected since Tuesday in Jorabat area of Guwahati and Cachar district, the two main entry points to the hill state.

Commercial vehicles, however, continued to move without any restrictions.

Transportation of fuel from Assam, was suspended on Thursday by the Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union fearing attack on tankers and crew which was resumed on Friday following assurance of security by the Meghalaya government. Meghalaya Police will continue providing armed escorts to oil tankers entering the state from Assam.

The Meghalaya government extended withdrawal of mobile internet services in West and East Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, Ri-Bhoi, Eastern West Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills and South West Khasi Hills for another 48 hours till 10.30 AM on Monday.

The government suspected that social media and messaging apps could be misused which may lead to a breakdown of law and order.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Friday demanded action from the National Human Rights Commission, terming the firing incident in Mukroh as a violation of human rights.

Assam and Meghalaya have a long-standing dispute in 12 areas along the 884.9-km-long inter-state border, and the location where the violence took place is one of those.

The two states had signed a memorandum of understanding in March this year towards ending the dispute in six of the areas.

Meghalaya was carved out of Assam in 1972 and had since then challenged the Assam Reorganization Act, 1971, which demarcated the border between the two states.