Khasi villagers protest Assam police attempt to set up outpost

Correspondent Shillong, Feb 20 | Publish Date: 2/20/2020 11:39:28 AM IST

Tribal Khasi villagers in the disputed Umwali area in Meghalaya’s West Khasi hills district registered strong protest against the Assam Police’s alleged attempt to set up a new outpost.

 Umwali village is in Langpih, a disputed area between Meghalaya and Assam. Langpih, which lies between West Khasi Hills and Assam’s Kamrup district, has been one of the most volatile villages along the boundary between Meghalaya and Assam.

A group of Assam Police personnel had forcefully entered Umwali village (in Meghalaya) on Wednesday and were trying to set up an outpost.

 Irked with Assam police intruding into the private property, the tribal villagers of the area, along with village Dorbar and Hynñiewtrep Youth Council (HYC) Rimuliang unit came out to protest against the move by Assam Police personnel.

The villagers along with the HYC members assembled in the area the whole night to prevent any move of Assam police to capture the land at Umwali.

“We tried our best to stop the Assam Police personnel to set up the outpost in our village. We will not allow them to come and set up their land,” Tailan Syiemlieh, a local villager said.

The villagers informed Meghalaya Police, and a team rushed to the spot from Langpih, and tried to bring the situation under control.

 A video on the incident at Umwali has gone viral on the social media, and people in Meghalaya have started commenting against the act of Assam Police personnel.

It was seen in the video that one Assam Police personnel was threatening a Khasi (lady) villager.

“This has become dangerous as Assam Police personnel always threaten us,” Kwissina Hoojon, a local villager, said.

The HYC urged the state government to intervene so that the problem should not occur and peace must prevail since the land belonged to the Khasi people of Meghalaya.

This was second such incident at Umwali village during the last one year. On February 14, last year, Assam Police personnel had attacked a group of villagers at Unwali village.

Several tribal villagers, including 28 women, were injured in the attack.

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