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Will not allow Assam to construct anything within Meghalaya’s jurisdiction: Conrad

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Shillong, Dec 20: Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday assured that any construction by the Assam government will not be allowed if it is done within the jurisdiction of Meghalaya.

“Anything within the jurisdiction of Meghalaya if it is being done by anybody or any government or any other autonomous body, that will not be allowed,” the Chief Minister said while responding to a query on the Assam government’s decision to reconstruct the forest beat office at Mukroh in West Jaintia Hills District.

When asked that the beat office is located within the jurisdiction of the state, Sangma assured, “Definitely will take up this matter (as) that will not be allowed.”

The chief minister informed that he could not meet a delegation from Mukroh on Monday as he was not in office. “But I will take a review of the situation and if there is anything to be done, definitely we will take necessary action,” he assured.

A delegation of the Mukroh dorbar shnong accompanied by the KSU leaders had demanded the government to immediately remove the Assam’s forest beat house from the area to avoid any untoward incidents.

The chief minister further informed that he had multiple discussions with the Chief Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma in the last two days.

“We are going to have more discussions in the coming days also. In discussion with these issues and how to ensure that these kinds of future situations don’t happen again and no instigation or no kind of action that could lead to these kinds of situation should not happen. We are now in constant touch and we are ensuring that the communication happens at the highest level,” he said.

Sangma, however, refused to comment on the allegation related to local politics.

“I don’t want to comment whether it is a local politics or whether it is the Karbi Anglong district council. But whatever factors and situations that lead to this, if proper communication and coordination is done with all the agencies, I am sure that we will be able to completely eliminate or at least we will be able to minimize these kinds of incidents that take place and yes we will ensure that all kinds of communication that needs to be done to any agencies or organizations that are there we will ensure that from the highest level it is done from both sides,” he added.

Meanwhile, the chief minister said that the state government have already sanctioned border outposts in sensitive areas along the inter-state border with Assam.

Already in Mukroh, 30 people who were posted as platoon have now been regularised as permanent posts.

He further clarified that the outpost is in Barato while the border outpost (BOP) is in Mukroh.

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