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Assam: Six days after border violence, Assam police lifts travel restrictions to Meghalaya

Guwahati: On Sunday, Six days after being imposed in the aftermath of violence in a disputed area along the inter-state border, the Assam police lifted the travel restrictions to Meghalaya. "In view of improving the law & order situation in Meghalaya, Assam police have lifted the restrictions on vehicular movement and have been allowing all vehicles to travel to Meghalaya," said Sudhakar Singh, DCP, Guwahati city.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Guwahati: On Sunday, Six days after being imposed in the aftermath of violence in a disputed area along the inter-state border, the Assam police lifted the travel restrictions to Meghalaya. “In view of improving the law & order situation in Meghalaya, Assam police have lifted the restrictions on vehicular movement and have been allowing all vehicles to travel to Meghalaya,” said Sudhakar Singh, DCP, Guwahati city.

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“Wherever necessary, vehicles are being escorted. In other vulnerable areas, police patrolling has been provided,” he said. Heavy security was deployed and prohibitory orders remained in force at the disputed area along the Assam-Meghalaya border, where six people were killed following violent clashes, but travel restrictions between the two states were discontinued on the sixth day after clashes, officials said.

No restrictions, however, were imposed on commercial vehicles like trucks, carrying goods and other items, the officer said. An advisory was issued by the Assam Police, asking people to avoid travelling to the neighbouring state following the incident on Tuesday.

Violence had broken out at Mukroh village near the disputed border between the two states in West Karbi Anglong district in the early hours of Tuesday, after a truck allegedly laden with illegally felled timber was intercepted by forest guards from Assam Six people five tribal villagers from Meghalaya and a forest guard from Assam were killed due to the clashes.

On Saturday, members of various social organisations in Meghalaya burnt effigies of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma among others, in protest against the border violence. Hynniewtrep Indigenous Territorial Organisation, another social entity, also observed ‘Red Flag Day’ on the premises of the U Soso Tham Auditorium in Shillong.

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