The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) have called for more robust protection for those who reside near the Assam-Meghalaya border. This follows the Tuesday shooting incident in Meghalaya’s Mukroh village.
The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), of which the AASU and KSU are members, claimed on Thursday that the long-running border issue between Assam and Meghalaya was the cause of the violence at the Assam-Meghalaya border that left six people dead.
“We would like to call upon all the indigenous people that this issue is not an ethnic issue but of border dispute, which the respective state governments are duty bound to solve,” the NESO said in a statement.
“Both the state governments should also look into this very important aspect in providing security as there is an apprehension and a sense of insecurity amongst some of the residents residing in Guwahati and different parts of Assam and Shillong and different parts of Meghalaya,” it added.
Mentioning that the two governments are currently holding border negotiations it asked that before making any final decisions, the states consult with the residents on both sides of the border.