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12-hr HNLC bandh in M’laya
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAY 20:
Published on 21 May. 2010 12:54 AM IST
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Life in Shillong came to a standstill following a 12-hour bandh by the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) protesting the police firing at Langpih, a disputed village border between Meghalaya-Assam on May 14.
Last week, four Khasi villagers were killed and several injured when Assam police personnel opened indiscriminate fire after a clash erupted between tribal Khasis and migrant Nepali settlers.
“There is no report of any untoward incident and the situation in the bandh affected areas is normal,” State Director General of Police SB Kakati told Nagaland Post
Thin attendance was recorded in most of the government offices. The bandh also cut off many northeastern states including Mizoram, Tripura, Barak Valley of Assam and parts of Manipur from the rest of the country as National Highways- 40 and 44 were out of bounds.
Chief Minister Mukul M Sangma is in New Delhi to hold talks with central leaders and to demand a CBI probe into the firing incident. The disputed area is about 60 km from Guwahati in Assam and around 140 km from Shillong, the state capital of Meghalaya.
Meghalaya claims Langpih village based on revenue records dating back to 1876.
In 1985, the Justice YV Chandrachud awarded Langpih to Assam, but Meghalaya rejected the report. Meghalaya and Assam has 12 areas of difference. Both States have had various rounds of talks to resolve these disputes unsuccessfully over the years.
MHA official’s visit
An official of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) would visit Langpih, a disputed village border between Meghalaya-Assam tomorrow to assess the ground reality on ground zero, a top official said today.
The Home Ministry official will be accompanied by Deputy Commissioners of West Khasi Hills district (Meghalaya) MR Synrem and Assam’s Kamrup (Rural) SK Roy.

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