Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was quoted by media reports as saying that state cabinet has approved handing over of Assam-Meghalaya border violence to Central Bureau of Investigation. The decision comes even as fresh violence erupted in the border areas of the two states. At least two vehicles — one in Mukroh village and another in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong — were also set ablaze by a mob.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said he was also in favour of a probe by central agencies. A team of Meghalaya ministers will meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday to seek a central agency probe into the matter.
Six people — five Meghalaya residents and one Assam forest guard — died in violence in Mukroh area on the Assam-Meghalaya border on Tuesday after a truck allegedly laden with illegally felled timber was intercepted by forest guards from Assam.
Earlier, Sangma tweeted, “In an unfortunate incident that occurred at Mukroh village in West Jaiñtia Hills District, six persons died due to firing by Assam Police and Assam Forest Guards. Five were Meghalaya residents and one is from the Assam Forest Guard. We stand with our people of Mukroh. Visited the bereaved families to offer our condolences to the bereaved families of the five individuals who lost their precious lives in the recent firing incident in Mukroh, West Jaiñtia Hills District.”
An ex gratia of ₹5 Lakhs was given to the next of kin of the five deceased during his visit to Mukroh.
Sangma also met members of religious and community leaders, NGOs & civil society today. He had a telephonic conversation with Sarma as well, expressing deep concern about the unfortunate incident.
Sarma had updated him that OC of Zirikinding PS, the Forest Range Protection Officer in-charge of the area who were involved in the incident and have been suspended. The SP of West Karbi Anglong has been transferred.