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7 killed in Assam police firing
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Published on 15 May. 2010 12:49 AM IST
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Seven people, including a school girl were killed Friday in Assam police firing at Langpih village, a disputed area between Meghalaya and Assam.
“Seven people died and many others were injured in a firing triggered by Assam police at Langpih,” KP Pangniang, a member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Concil (KHADC) told reporters.
Pangniang, the local representative of Rambrai KHADC constituency in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district, said the firing started following a clash between tribal Khasi and Nepalese nationals over the occupation of land. The deceased have been identified Dimius Rani, Charles Lyngkhoi, Columbus Hujon, Ditrius Nongsiej and Bah Brim. The name of the school girl and another person is yet to be known.
Tribal Khasi and Garo villagers alleged that the Assam government had been trying to usurp the land in Langpih area by pushing Nepalese nationals to settle in the disputed area. Meghalaya Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh admitted that there has been a firing but said it was blank firing. “Assam police has admitted that there was a blank firing and nobody knows what was the flashpoint of the firing,” Lyngdoh told reporters.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Dr Mukul M Sangma convened a high-level meeting with senior government officials, including DGP and Chief Secretary.
WMS Pariat.
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 constitution.
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.
Meghalaya has 12 areas of difference with Assam.

 
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