Guwahati, Nov 29: Relenting to demands if various pressure groups in the wake of firing incident at Mukroh village on Meghalaya-Assam boundary on Nov 22 last, Meghalaya government has decided to set up seven borer police outposts at sensitive locations on the inter-state boundary.
Six persons including five villagers from Meghalaya were killed when Assam Police allegedly fire in the wee hours on Nov 22 while dealing with trucks carrying illegal timber. The incident sparked sharp and violent reactions in Meghalaya especially in the capital city of Shillong. The pressure groups demanded setting up of Meghalaya Police outposts in sensitive areas along Meghalaya-Assam boundary to prevent recurrence of similar incidents.
Meghalaya Cabinet today approved the setting up of seven police outposts on sensitive locations along the inter-state boundary.
The new border police outposts will be located at Muria in East Jaintia Hills; Mukroh and Tihwiya in West Jaintia Hills ; Rani Jirang in Ri Bhoi ; Umwali Lejadubi and Langpih in West Khasi Hills and Athiabari in West Khasi Hills.
The cabinet further sanctioned the upgrading of the existing outposts to full-fledged police stations at Patharkhmah in Ri Bhoi and Kyrshai in West Khasi Hills.
The seven outposts had been sanctioned and approved with an estimated annual expenditure of Rs 14 crores.