Discussion about Illegal encroachment of Assam territory by Meghalaya

Guwahati, September 12: In the ongoing Legislative Assembly session on Monday, Assam government claimed, Meghalaya has intruded upon Assam territory in Langpi area of Kamrup district and also constructed roads, schools, churches and houses in the area.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said Assam government was aware that some areas of Assam territory at Langpi, under Boko revenue circle of Kamrup district, was under illegal occupancy of Meghalaya. He also informed that habitations, roads, school and temple/churches have also been constructed by people of Meghalaya in these areas.

In a response to a question posed by Nandita Das (MLA) Boko, in the state Assembly, he said Assam government has been persistently working for resolution of all disputes between the two states through dialogue. To ensure good neighborly relations, CM’s of both the states have held talks many times to find solution to this issue. Two border outposts have also been setup at Lower Langpi and Upper Langpi to ensure security and protection of the people living there. A platoon of 4th Assam Police Battalion has been stationed in each of the outposts and five motorcycles have been provided to them by the district police.

Langpih is the subject of a long-running dispute between the Meghalaya and Assam state governments. Meghalaya Government claims that the village of Assam’s Kamrup district was annexed by British in the time when Assam was occupied, but after Independence the area was assigned to the United Jaintia and Khasi Hills district. They also claim that Assam’s 1951 demarcation shows the area as part of a district in what would later become Meghalaya state. However, in 1972, Assam’s new demarcation showed the area as part of its own Mikir Hills district (now Karbi Anglong District)