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M''laya approach SC to solve boundary issues
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 5:
Published on 6 Mar. 2009 12:46 AM IST
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Meghalaya government on Thursday asked its advocate general GS Massar to sort out the vexed border dispute with Assam. The government approved the formation of a “legal committee” during the cabinet meeting on Thursday which discussed at length on the long-pending dispute with its neighbouring state, Assam. The Committee would be headed by the Advocate General, GS Massar and other officials from the law and political departments. Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) government spokesperson and cabinet minister, Conrad K Sangma told reporters that the committee would take 90 days to submit a report to the cabinet after which the government would decide whether to approach the Apex court. Meghalaya has 12 areas of difference with Assam. “The dispute between Meghalaya and Assam over Langpih has remained unsolved for a long time and so the Cabinet decided to form the committee to build up a case,” Sangma said. In fact, Assam and Meghalaya agreed to maintain status quo at the disputed area, however the hoi-polloi of the disputed areas regularly complain of harassment by Assam police, which has a police outpost in the area. Sangma added neighbouring states like Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland have sought legal recourse in solving boundary disputes with Assam. “The Cabinet also thought it appropriate to take the same step and approach the Supreme Court to help solve the Langpih dispute,” the Meghalaya minister said. In 1985, the Assam and Meghalaya governments entrusted Justice YV Chandrachud to head the Committee of experts for opinion on the constitutional aspects of the boundary demarcation between the two neighboring states. Assam had dispute with Arunachal Pradesh over the boundary of forest land. Another neighbouring state, Nagaland, has similar dispute with Assam and security forces have been deployed in a large area of Upper Assam's Golaghat district adjoining Nagaland for maintaining status quo in the disputed areas.

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