Assam-Meghalaya ties won't be affected by Mukroh incident, Himanta claims

On the larger picture of Assam-Meghalaya ties, I don't believe it will have any negative repercussions.

Assam-Meghalaya ties won't be affected by Mukroh incident, Himanta claims
Himanta Biswa Sarma

Himanta Biswa Sarma, the chief minister of Assam, stated on Tuesday that the Mukroh incident will not have a negative impact on relations between Assam and Meghalaya. In response to a question from the media following a cabinet meeting in Silchar, Sarma stated, "Such occurrences happen because of specific officers, persons, or because of local circumstances. On the larger picture of Assam-Meghalaya ties, I don't believe it will have any negative repercussions.

"Even so, I have consistently insisted—and have even given youths advice at police recruitment rallies—that officers should never fire their firearms or shoot at civilians. In light of this, I disagree with the police's shooting of Mukroh. The chief minister stated that there might have been alternative approaches to preventing thievery in the forest.

The chief minister responded to "claims by the Meghalaya administration about Mukroh village being located under Meghalaya's authority" by stating that Assam and Meghalaya have a constitutional boundary that is visible on maps that are available to both states.

The Meghalaya government won't do anything that would violate Assam's constitutional rights, I'm confident of that. If they do something, it won't be lawful, he continued, citing the minutes of the border discussions between the two governments, which stipulate that both states should maintain the status quo until a solution is reached.

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