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BDR firing forces hundreds to flee
Correspondent SHILLONG, FEB 18:
Published on 18 Feb. 2010 11:36 PM IST
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Hundreds of protesters took out a procession here demanding the Meghalaya government to resolve the boundary dispute with Assam and reclaim Langpih. The Khasi Students Union (KSU) and the Federation of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo People’s (FKJGP) besides legislator Ardent Basaiawmoit and some Members of the District Council (MDC) joined the rally led by the Langpih Sordar H Samanha. Later in the day, the protesters met Chief Minister D D Lapang and submitted a memorandum demanding that the government must resolve the boundary issue with Assam. The delegation urged Lapang to set up a police outpost in Langpih and also take up developmental works in the border village so that Meghalaya can have the rightful claim over the border village. The Chief Minister assured the delegation that the Meghalaya government would do its utmost to resolve the issue and reclaim Langpih from Assam. Langpih, a village situated at Meghalaya- Assam border has been a bone of contention between the two neighbouring States. 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. However Meghalaya claims to Langpih village is on the strength that the revenue records dating back to 1876 clearly show Langpih as Meghalaya’s. In order to iron out the issue, Chief Ministers of both the states had also met and formed a boundary committee led by the Chief Secretaries of both the state to resolve the issue amicably. Bangla border tense SHILLONG, FEB 18 (PTI): BSF has deployed additional personnel along the Meghalaya-Bangladesh border where the situation was tense after two incidents of unprovoked firing by BDR were reported. Due to the firing, five schools in the Muktapur area along the border were closed down as residents shifted to make-shift camps in fear, BSF officials said. Bangladeshi locals, backed by BDR, today chased away some Indian villagers who went for cultivation in an “adverse possession land” held by India, creating panic among the inhabitants, the officials said. The areas under adverse possession, 11 of them in Meghalaya sector, were created when the two countries demarcated the international boundary in the mid-1960s. Yesterday, a DDG-level coordination meeting was held at Tamabil in Bangladesh in view of the tense situation. “Various border problems including those of land under adverse possession were discussed. BDR agreed to maintain the status quo in all adverse possession areas.

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