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HC seek replies on Assam police firing at Langpih
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAY 25:
Published on 25 May. 2010 11:09 PM IST
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The Shillong Bench of Gauhati High Court today sought for reports from the Centre and Assam and Meghalaya governments on the May 14 police firing at Langpih village. A division bench of Justice Ramesh Surajmal Garg and Justice BD Agarwal directed the government to file their reply on the police firing within four weeks based on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL).
The Meghalaya People’s Human Rights Council (MPHRC) filed the PIL after the Assam government failed to punish those erring police personnel involved in the firing. “As no action against the erring police personnel has been taken either by the Centre or the Assam and Meghalaya governments. Therefore, the MPHRC sought the intervention of the Court for redressal of the genuine grievances of the local villagers of Langpih,” MPHRC Secretary General DDG Dympep said.
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.
He said the MPHRC is not concern with the territorial disputes between the two states, but on the illegal and perverse action of the Assam police in resorting to indiscriminate firing (188 rounds) on a group of an unarmed local villagers of Langpih without any provocation thereby killing four people.
Not only that four people were killed, but the Assam police even picked up a local villager B. Lyngkhoi and took him to Boko Police Station where he was beaten mercilessly, Dympep said, adding that Lyngkhoi who suffered muliple injuries was later taken to Guwahati Medical College and currently admitted at a private hospital here in Shillong.
Chief Minister Mukul M Sangma who met Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday in New Delhi, said the Home Minister was also open to the idea of an independent probe by central agency into the Langpih incident.
‘’The Home Minister has agreed to institute an independent probe into the Langpih firing incident,’’ Sangma had said after his arrival from New Delhi.
Langpih is a stretch of land situated along the Meghalaya-Assam border. Both States claim over the land. However, Assam Police has a police outpost in the area.
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.

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