Shillong, Nov 24: The Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union (APMU) has decided to stop the supply of petroleum products to Khasi and Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya until the Meghalaya government ensures the safety of Assam vehicles in Meghalaya.
“In view of the situation, the union has decided not to send petroleum vehicles to Khasi and Jaintia Hills until the Meghalaya government ensures security, in view of which long queues are being seen at the petrol pump in Shillong and many petrol pumps have run out of petrol and diesel,” APMU said in a statement on Thursday.
The union said violence has increased after the death of 6 people in firing on Tuesday in a disputed area on the Meghalaya-Assam border. Following which, a group of villagers from Meghalaya allegedly vandalized and set on fire a forest office in Assam’s West Karbi Anglong district on Wednesday. Meanwhile, two vehicles were torched by mobs in Mukroh village and Meghalaya’s capital Shillong.
“After reports of attacks on vehicles coming from Assam in Meghalaya, the Assam Police advised car drivers not to go to the neighbouring state. Police personnel put up barricades on routes from Assam to Meghalaya, including in Guwahati and Cachar districts. However, heavy vehicles have not been stopped so far. Assam Police says miscreants are targeting private and small vehicles,” it said in the statement.
It further said if the government does not control the law and order situation soon, then the situation may worsen in the next few days.