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M’laya tribals serves quit notices to Nepalese
Correspondent NONGSTOIN, JUL 17:
Published on 17 Jul. 2009 11:08 PM IST
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Tribal Khasi-Garo villagers in the disputed Langpih area on Assam-Meghalaya border on Friday served “quit notices” to Nepalese community, asking them to leave their land immediately or face dire consequences. “We have served the quit notice to them (Nepalese) asking them to vacate our territory which have forcefully encroached with the support of the Assam government,” Synjuk ki Nongsynshar Shnong (SNS) Chief T Nonglang said. According to the local villagers, the Assam government has been trying all means and way to disrupt the peace and tranquility in Langpih area by pushing Nepalese nationals with the main aim of illegally claiming 108 Garo-Khasi villages, which falls under Nongstoin Assembly constituency in Meghalaya, The quit notices were served to the Nepalese community for the alleged “harassment of tribal Khasi people” in the area. Last month, a clash had erupted between the tribal Khasi-Garo and the Nepalese after the latter allegedly encroached upon the area threatening the local Khasi people. Following the clash, Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang contacted his Assam counterpart Tarun Gogoi urging him to ensure that peace and tranquility is maintained in the disputed area. Both the Chief Ministers are expected to meet soon to iron-out the vexed border dispute between the two neighbouring states. Meghalaya has 12 areas of difference with Assam. Meanwhile, the Meghalaya government prevented Assam from erecting boundary pillars at Rangsapara near Lejadubi in the Aradonga area to construct a guest house of Assam’s Forest and Environment department. “They have stopped erecting the pillar after we objected,” a Meghalaya official said. Late last year, the Chief Secretary level meeting of both the states had agreed in principle to maintain status-quo and that the border dispute should be solved within the ambit of the Indian constitutions 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.

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