Assam-Meghalaya dispute over land took a new turn on Monday when the Assam Government informed the assembly about the illegal construction carried out by Meghalaya in Kamrup district. ‘Meghalaya has not only encroached upon Assam territory in Lampi area in Kamrup district but also constructed roads, schools, churches and houses in the area,’ Assam government claimed on the floor of Assembly on Monday.
Responding to a question by Boko MLA Nandita Das in the state Assembly, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said Assam government was aware that some areas of Assam territory at Lampi, under Boko revenue circle of Kamrup district, was under illegal occupancy of Meghalaya.
‘Habitations, roads, school and temple/churches have also been constructed by people of Meghalaya in these areas,’ he informed.
Patowary maintained that Assam government has been persistently working for resolution of all disputes between the two states through dialogue and ensuring good neighbourly relations. He informed that talks at various levels, including at Chief Minister and chief secretary levels, were regularly held over the matter.
The House was informed that Moreover, there were two Border Outposts – one at Lower Lampi and the other at Upper Lampi – in the area to ensure security and protection of people living in the area. One platoon of 4th Assam Police Battalion has been stationed in each of the BoPs and five motorcycles have been provided to these platoons by the district police.