Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma said on Thursday that Union home minister Amit Shah has assured that he will follow up on his request for an investigation by a central body into the “police firing” of Assam” along the border of the state.
Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, he said during his meeting with Mr Shah that he also demanded justice for the lives lost in the shooting and sought action against those responsible.
He stressed that Assam police personnel had fired on “innocent people” in Mukroh village of West Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya.
Six people, including a forest ranger, were killed in violence along the border between Assam and Meghalaya in the early hours of Tuesday, after a truck allegedly loaded with illegally logged timber was intercepted by Assam forestry workers.
Mr Sangma said he had also requested the center to intervene in the border dispute with Assam to improve dialogue and trust between the two states.
“Interior Minister Amit Shah has assured that he will comply with our request for an investigation into the border shelling itself today,” he said.
The guilty will be punished, but we must keep the peace at this hour, he added.
Mr. Sangma was accompanied by his cabinet colleagues during his meeting with Mr. Shah.
Meanwhile, the situation along the border between Assam and Meghalaya, where six people were killed in a village after violent clashes, remained tense but peaceful and a large number of security personnel were deployed to the area.
Restrictions have also been imposed under Section 144 of the CrPC in the conflict site and surrounding areas.
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