Shillong, Mar 13: In a bid to maintain peace in the state, Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy, in his address on the first day of budget session on Friday, said that the government is monitoring a disputed area along the Assam-Meghalaya border.
This comes after reports that senior Assam officials had visited Umwali village on February 19 to carry out a survey for construction of a police outpost. Residents of the village reacted strongly and opposed the attempt to set up the structure.
The situation turned tense after a video went viral showing one Assam police personnel threatening a local Khasi woman.
The governor also touched on the recent clash between two groups in Ichamati and its fallout in Shillong city. “Protection of life and liberty is a fundamental right in our Constitution…The government has taken all necessary steps…to provide adequate security to all citizens, irrespective of the community they belong to,” Roy said.
“The state has witnessed agitation and protests by various NGOs against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) and the demand for implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state,” Roy said, adding that the agitations were effectively handled by state police.
“The police was swift to take action and eight people were arrested following the incident and a magisterial inquiry has also been ordered,” the governor said.
He also informed that the government has released an amount of Rs 2 lakh as ex-gratia to the next of kin of the deceased KSU member and that the medical expenses of those who were injured will also be borne by the government.