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BSF post withdrawn to avoid confrontation: Lapang
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 23
Published on 24 Mar. 2010 12:39 AM IST
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Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang today informed the Assembly that the withdrawal of a Border Security Force (BSF) observation post from Naljuri along the Indo Bangla border was to avoid confrontation with the Bangladesh Rifles.
“The BSF withdrew its force from the area directed to avoid confrontation as both sides (india and Bangladesh) that the areas of dispute should be left like that,” he said. He also admitted that there is still fear among the people residing in the internnational border.
Lahkmen Rymbui (Cong) said that the sudden withdrawal of the BSF’s observation post from Naljuri has exposed the tribal people in the border areas to the BDR creating fear psychosis in the minds of the people.
Lapang, however, assured that he would take up the issue of re-installing the BSF sentry point at the village at the earliest.
Earlier, the Chief Minister informed the House that he had taken the recent border skirmishes between the BSF and BDR wih the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram. “The Home Minister had already taken up the matter with the Bangladesh authorities,” he said.
Lapang also said that the state government has issued strict instructions to district admnistration bordering Assam to ensure that status quo as agreed upon by both State governments.
In his reply during the Question Hour, he also informed the Houe that the Meghalaya government is exploring all possibility of setting up a police outpost in Langpih, a disputed area between Meghalaya and Assam.
A police (border) out post has been set up at Lejadubi area in September, 2007, he told the House during the Question Hour.
On a query raised by Ardent M Basaiawmoit (UDP), Lapang said, the district admnistration of west khasi hills has been closely monitoring the developments in Langpih and is in constant contact with their counterparts in Assam.
“Majistrates and police are promptly taking action on all incidents having a bearing on law and order in the area,” the Chief Minister said.
On the influx of non-tribals in the disputed areas, Mr Lapang said that government will also make efforts to see that influx of outsiders to Langpih is checked so that the demography of the indigenous people of the state residing there is protected.

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