Congress delegation visits Iongkhuli

Nongpoh, July 27: Members of the Ri Bhoi District Congress Committee (RBDCC) have lambasted Assam police while accusing them of meddling in affairs which are not of their concern.
This comes in the backdrop of a border flare up at Iongkhuli village under Ri Bhoi district yesterday when Assam police stopped workers from setting up electricity poles in the village.
Stating that there is no doubt that the area in question falls under the jurisdiction of Meghalaya, RBDCC president, Mayral Born Syiem said that the area falls under Raid Marwet of Hima Mylliem in Ri Bhoi District.
Syiem who is also the MLA of Nongpoh was accompanied by Umroi MLA, George B Lyngdoh, Nongpoh MDC and RBDCC Vice president, Balajied Rani and other leaders of the Congress party from Ri Bhoi.
In order to maintain peace and harmony in the border area, Syiem also urged Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma to immediately intervene in the matter and for the state government to take up the border issues seriously. “We need a permanent settlement of border disputes as continuous border tension has hampered peace and overall development which is required in the border areas of the state,” Syiem said.
The RBDCC has vehemently condemned Assam police personnel for manhandling the MDC of Mawhati, Charles Marngar yesterday and for pulling down the electric poles set up by the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited for rural electrification in the border village.
The MLA of Jirang, Sosthenes Sohtun meanwhile has assured the safety of the residents of Iongkhuli during his visit to the village today.
Sohtun also clarified that there is no border dispute between Meghalaya and Assam in Iongkhuli and that the village is definitely under Meghalaya’s jurisdiction.
He also said that he has already spoken to Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma and that Sangma and his counterpart from Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma will soon conduct an inspection of Iongkhuli.