SC dismisses PIL on border dispute

SHILLONG, Apr 22: The Supreme today dismissed a petition on the border dispute between Meghalaya and Assam.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi in its order stated that it heard learned counsel for the petitioner.

“…and upon perusing the relevant material, we are not inclined to entertain the present petition. The writ petition is accordingly dismissed,” the Supreme Court said.

The Public Interest Litigation was filed by a resident of the state Toiler HS Bonney.

The PIL was filed after the Centre did not respond to a memorandum submitted b KHNAM last year.

The memorandum was submitted to the union home minister Rajnath Singh requesting him to intervene into the matter to resolve the issue and put an end to the problems faced by the people residing along the inter-state boundary.

It may be mentioned that, Meghalaya became an autonomous state in 1971 and a full-fledged state Jan 21, 1972. Since then, the inter-state boundary as defined under the North Eastern Areas (Re-Organisation) Act, 1971 has been a point of difference between Meghalaya and Assam.

The 12 areas of difference include Upper Tarabari, Gizang reserve forest, Hahim, Langpih, Borduar, Boklapara, Nongwah-Matamur, Khanapara-Pilangkata, Deshdemoreah, Khanduli-Psiar area, Ratacherra and Blocks I and II.

The total area of difference is 2,765.14 square km, of which Blocks I and II cover 1,583.42 square km.

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