CBI takes over probe into Assam-M’laya border violence

NEW DELHI, 30 May: The CBI has taken over investigation into the killing of five Meghalaya residents and one forest guard of Assam 18 months ago at the two states’ disputed border after a truck allegedly laden with illegally felled timber was intercepted by Assam’s forest guards.

The state governments of Meghalaya and Assam had referred the probe to the CBI in February and March, respectively.

The central probe agency has re-registered two FIRs, filed by the Assam

 and the Meghalaya Police after the incident.

The incident had taken place on 22 November, 2022,when a truck was allegedly intercepted in Assam’s West Karbi Anglong district by a team of the forest department, officials said.

According to Assam Police officials, a mob from the Meghalaya side later attacked the forest guards and policemen from the state, which led to firing by the Assam side to control the situation.

Five of the six killed were residents of Meghalaya’s Mukroh village in West Jaintia district and one was a forest guard of Assam.

Assam and Meghalaya have a longstanding dispute in 12 stretches along their borders. The two northeastern states signed a memorandum of understanding in March 2022 in the presence of union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi towards ending the dispute in six of them. (PTI)