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Assam-Meghalaya Tension: Heavy security deployment, travel restrictions continue for 6th consecutive day

Assam-Meghalaya tension: Heavy security was deployed, and prohibitory orders continued at the disputed area along the Assam-Meghalaya border, where six people were killed following violent clashes earlier in the week.

Travel restrictions between the two states also remained in force for the sixth consecutive day, on Sunday. Assam Police issued an advisory asking people to avoid travelling to the neighbouring state following Tuesday’s incident.

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Situation still tense

A police officer said “The situation is still not completely peaceful in Meghalaya. There could be attacks on people or vehicles from Assam. Hence, we are asking people not to travel to that state.”

“If at all someone has to travel, we have asked them to go by Meghalaya-registered vehicles,” he added.

However, commercial vehicles like trucks, carrying goods and other items were exempted from travel restrictions. Police barricades remained erected at Jorabat in Guwahati and Cachar district, the two main entry points from Assam into Meghalaya.

Violence broke out at Mukroh village near the disputed border between the two Assam and Meghalaya in West Karbi Anglong district in the early hours earlier on Tuesday, after a truck allegedly laden with ‘illegally felled timber’ was intercepted by forest guards from Assam.

Protests in Meghalaya

Members of various social organisations in Meghalaya staged protests and burnt effigies of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Saturday.

Meghalaya earlier suspended internet services in seven affected districts for another 48 hours from 10.30 am on Saturday.

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Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma moved the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday over deaths in firing by Assam officers at the inter-state border.

CM Sangma has said in a tweet, “Gave a detailed account of the firing incident that claimed six lives at Mukroh to Hon’ble Justice Arun Kumar Mishra Ji, Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission and other members of the NHRC with Hon’ble Deputy CM Prestone Tynsong.”

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