Assam-Meghalaya border row: Ri Bhoi DC prohibits visit of NGOs to border villages



The Deputy Commissioner of Ri Bhoi district of Meghalaya, RM Kurbah has prohibited the visit of NGOs to border villages located under the disputed area of Block II, "to ensure that peace and tranquillity are maintained in the border areas". The area is one of the 12 areas of contention between Assam and Meghalaya in Ri Bhoi district.

The decision was taken in an urgent meeting held on Thursday between the two Deputy Commissioners of Ri Bhoi and West Karbi Anglong District at Sabuda village. Kurbah added that to prevent any movement of members of NGOs to the border villages, a check gate will be set up in Mawlasnai by the Ri Bhoi District Police.

The decision came a day after a clash erupted between members of the Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) and Karbi Students' Association (KSA) near Umlaper under the disputed area of Block II in Mawhati constituency on August 24.

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