Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on November 22 informed that after the Assam Police firing incident at Mukroh village, wherein six persons were killed, the ongoing border talks would not be the same again.
“We need confidence building. What kinds of action as we move forward, what steps will be taken and how we are able to make sure that justice is done. All these will determine the future course of action,” Sangma informed.
The Chief Minister also informed that the Meghalaya expects the government of India and Assam will take necessary steps to ensure justice is done and based on those situations and those demands and actions taken the state will discuss the further course of action.
He also informed that Meghalaya Police were present in the area but the numbers were small.
“The numbers were less than Assam’s counterparts because the situation was unexpected,” Sangma said.
He also informed that the recent sanctioning of the Borato outpost was supposed to be inaugurated on November 25 but the incident happened.
The Chief Minister said that knowing the sensitivity of the location they had sanctioned the outpost.
“For the precise situation that such tension is always there in that area,” Sangma said.
He also informed that the firing was unprovoked. The Chief Minister also informed that Mukroh village was not a disputed area between Meghalaya and Assam and it is within the state.
Sangma also informed that he has spoken to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in the morning on the incident.
“He has assured that whatever can be done from the Assam government side and cooperation required for any kind of steps to be taken or any inquiry done he will support,” the Chief Minister informed.
Sangma informed that the Meghalaya government will be going to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah and would place their demands to the centre for necessary action.