Heavy security was deployed and prohibitory orders remained in force at the disputed area along the Assam-Meghalaya border, where six people were killed following violent clashes, even as travel restrictions between the two states continued for the sixth consecutive day on Sunday, officials said.
An advisory was issued by the Assam Police, asking people to avoid travelling to the neighbouring state following the incident on Tuesday.
“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,” a police officer said.
“If at all someone has to travel, we have asked them to go by Meghalaya-registered vehicles,” he said.
Police barricades remained erected at Jorabat in Guwahati and Cachar district, the two main entry points from Assam into Meghalaya.
No restrictions, however, were imposed on commercial vehicles like trucks, carrying goods and other items, the officer said.
Restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC continued at the clash site and surrounding areas.
Violence had broken out at Mukroh village near the disputed border between the two states in West Karbi Anglong district in the early hours of Tuesday, after a truck allegedly laden with illegally felled timber was intercepted by forest guards from Assam.
On Saturday, members of various social organisations in Meghalaya burnt effigies of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma among others, in protest against the border violence.
Hynniewtrep Indigenous Territorial Organisation, another social entity, also observed ‘Red Flag Day’ on the premises of the U Soso Tham Auditorium in Shillong.
Assam lifts travel restrictions to Meghalaya
Assam on Sunday lifted travel restrictions to Meghalaya, six days after being imposed in the aftermath of violence in a disputed area along the inter-state border, police said.
Vehicles from Assam are now allowed to enter Meghalaya, a senior police officer said.
“Wherever necessary, vehicles are being escorted. In other vulnerable areas, police patrolling has been provided,” he said.
An advisory was issued by the Assam Police, asking people to avoid travelling to the neighbouring state following the incident on Tuesday. Violence had broken out at Mukroh village near the disputed border between the two states in West Karbi Anglong district in the early hours of Tuesday, after a truck allegedly laden with illegally felled timber was intercepted by forest guards from Assam
Six people – five tribal villagers from Meghalaya and a forest guard from Assam – were killed due to the clashes.
Family of Assam forest guard to get Rs 14 L, govt job
The family of Bidyasing Lekhte, the forest guard killed in the violence at the Assam-Meghalaya border, will receive Rs 14 lakh ex-gratia and salary till his retirement age, besides a government job for his wife, officials said on Sunday.
Immediately after the deadly violence, which left five villagers from Meghalaya dead along with the Forest Protection Force personnel, the Assam government announced Rs 5 lakh for the families of all the six deceased persons.
Assam Hills Area Development Minister Jogen Mohan and Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council Chief Executive Member Tuliram Ronghang visited the house of Lekhte and announced a slew of relief measures for his family, an official said.
“Mohan said that the Forest Department will give Rs 4 lakh to the family, while Ronghang announced that Rs 5 lakh will be provided by the Council. These amounts will be in addition to what the Assam government already announced,” he added.
Besides, Lekhte’s wife will continue to get the salary till the retirement age of the slain forest personnel.
“The CEM further said that the Council will make necessary arrangements to offer a government job to Lekhte’s wife in the coming days,” the official said.
Five people from Meghalaya were killed in firing by the Assam Police along the inter-state border on Tuesday as they tried to control an armed mob that allegedly attacked them, leading to the death of a forest guard, after a truck transporting illegally-felled timber was intercepted, according to officials.