Border talks to continue, says Prestone in response to interim stay on boundary demarcation

Shillong, Dec 8: Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong has said the border talks will continue in response to a case pending in the High Court of Meghalaya.

“Let us wait for the outcome of the hearing but as of now there is nothing and our talks will proceed until an order is there from the High Court”, he told reporters on Thursday.


When pointed out about the High Court of Meghalaya stressing that there should not be any physical demarcation or erection of boundary posts on the ground in Assam-Meghalaya border till February 6, Tynsong said, “Where is the pillar ? What is the MoU? In the first phase, we only signed the MoU, we identified the places, areas and villages but the details of the survey work have to be done by the Survey of India as they have been entrusted with the task and Assam and Meghalaya governments will be involved when they carry out spot survey of these areas”.

He said as far as Ri Bhoi district is concerned, he, as the chairman of the regional committee, finished the first round of talk among themselves and Assam has also notified the regional committees from their side.

“But we are yet to talk jointly with the Assam regional committee as right now, we are still collecting and discussing with the CEM, Rangbah Shnong, stakeholders of each village and asking them if they have any more documents to submit to the member secretary and it is the same way with Jaintia Hills and West Khasi Hills”, he said.

Harijan Colony issue 

Prestone said he had asked the commissioner and secretary, urban affairs to invite the Harijan Committee for talks.

He said the response of the Harijan Colony leaders is also awaited as far as the alternative space suggested by the government is concerned.

“May be they will be still discussing the matter before they come back to the government”, Tynsong said.

Cherishstarfield case 

To a question on action against police officers involved in the killing of former HNLC leader Cherishtarfield Thangkhiew, Tynsong said, “From the government side we have entrusted to the home department to do the needful”.

On Thursday evening, a meeting was held at Mawlai Kyntonmassar by the Ka Sur Ka Bri U Hynniewtrep to ensure that the state government takes action against the police personnel as per the report of the judicial inquiry commission.

The chairman of the organisation, Donbok Kharlyngdoh said pocket meetings will continue in several localities and the people will be compelled to march towards secretariat if the government is still adamant.

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