Assam Meghalaya border violence Ahead of a meeting between Meghalaya ministers and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Vishwa Sharma said in Delhi on Wednesday that his cabinet has decided to hand over the investigation into the border violence between the two states to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has decided . The unprecedented cabinet meeting took place when the Assam chief minister was in Delhi to attend a function in honor of medieval Assamese hero Lachit Borphukan.
Decision to issue SOP for forest personnel
The Cabinet on Tuesday also directed the state police force accused of gunning down five tribesmen in Meghalaya to exercise restraint while dealing with civil disturbances or problems. During the special Cabinet meeting held in Delhi, the Council of Ministers decided to issue a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for police and forest personnel to deal with situations arising out of civil disputes.
We have asked the police to exercise restraint – Sharma
Sharma tweeted, “We have asked police to exercise restraint in using lethal weapons while dealing with civilians. SOP will be prepared for police and forest personnel to handle such situation. All police officers will be sensitized on such issues.”
Meghalaya CM demanded CBI probe
Earlier, the Meghalaya Cabinet met on Tuesday evening where it was decided to send a delegation of ministers led by Chief Minister Konrad K Sangma to Delhi to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah on November 24. The Meghalaya delegation will demand a CBI or NIA probe into the violence on the eastern border of the state. Five civilians and six persons, including Assam border guards, were killed in the violence.
Unprovoked firing by Assam police and forest guards: Sangma
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma took to Twitter on Tuesday to complain that Assam police and forest guards had “entered Meghalaya and opened fire unprovoked on citizens of the state.” With this tweet, he tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Vishwa Sharma. In a meeting of the Assam Cabinet, the ministers condoled and expressed deep concern over the death of six people and injuries to several others in the “unfortunate police-civilian clash” in West Karbi Anglong district.
Judicial inquiry will be completed within 60 days – Sharma
In a series of tweets after the meeting, the Assam chief minister wrote: “Our Cabinet has also decided to hand over the relevant police investigation to the CBI.” He said the state government has also decided to request Justice Rumi Phukan, a retired judge of the Gauhati High Court, to conduct a judicial inquiry into the circumstances leading to the incident. Sharma said the judicial inquiry would be completed within 60 days. Earlier, Leader of Opposition in Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Mukul Sangma on Wednesday termed the killing of unarmed villagers, allegedly by the Assam Police, as a “case of genocide” and demanded action against the culprits. Six people were killed in the violence.
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