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Lapang wants permanent solution on Assam border
Correspondent SHILLONG, AUG 1:
Published on 1 Aug. 2009 11:51 PM IST
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Meghalaya chief minister DD Lapang on Saturday said that he is in constant touch with his Assam counter-part Tarun Gogoi amid reports of possible clash between tribal Khasi-Garo villagers and Nepalese residing in disputed Langpih area on Assam-Meghalaya border. “I am in constant touch with Gogoi so that there is a lasting solution to the border dispute, besides maintaining law and order,” Lapang told journalistss here. The Chief Minister revealed that the state police had received reports on the possible attempt on the part of the tribal Khasi-Garo villagers to torch houses belonging to the Nepalese community. Earlier, the tribal villagers had served quit notices to hundreds of Nepalese community residing in the disputed area alleging they had forcefully encroached tribal lands with the support of the Assam government. Lapang said that he had instructed state DGP Anil K Pradhan as well as Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee to take up the matter with their respective counterparts in Assam to take steps douse tensions along the inter-state border. “I have expressed my serious concern on the issue with Gogoi and expressed the need on the part of both the State governments to find a permanent solution to solve the vexed pending issue,” he said. According to Lapang, the tribal Khasi-Garo villagers were even ready to hand over few portion of their land to Assam so that Assam would not make any claim on Langpih. 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 claimed Langpih based on the recommendations of Justice YV Chandrachud committee report. However Meghalaya has rejected the committee’s report. Meghalaya has 12 areas of difference with Assam.

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