Shillong, Jun 2: The Hynniewtrep Integrated Territorial Organisation (HITO), has written to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma over the alleged encroachment o Assam into Meghalaya’s territory in West Jaiñtia Hills district.
In the letter to the Chief Minister, the HITO stated that on the May 31 representatives from Assam under the instruction of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council Chief Executive Member, Tuliram Ronghang inspected the Land at Lum Siatmuid Khanduli West Jaintia Hills for the proposed construction of a University by the Assam government without intimation to its counterpart and the district administration of West Jaiñtia Hills District.
The HITO said that the land belongs to Meghalaya since the particular area where the proposed construction site was under the purview of the Jaiñtia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) jurisdiction and it was also a known fact that the district council in recent years had just auctioned the pine trees grown at the particular area which was planted and maintained by JHADC itself.
“As far as the knowledge of the HITO is concern the proposed construction of the university is an encroachment of land by the Assam government of not less than three kilometres from the actual border therefore we urge the government of Meghalaya to act on the matter at the earliest to avoid any unexpected incidents and circumstances to happen soon,” the HITO stated.
The HITO said that time and again such illegal encroachment of land along the border occurs directly or indirectly and therefore, it is high time for the government to raise its voice against the Assam government since the border issue was the top priority listed in the election propaganda of the National People’s Party during the last election.