The HYC has slammed the MDA government for its silence to the claim by the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) that Mukroh village falls within the boundaries of Assam.
Recently, KAAC CEM Tuliram Ronghang had said that Mukroh falls under Karbi Anglong district of Assam. He further termed the Khasi-Pnar residents of the village as “illegal settlers.”
“Following several attempts to sell away the Meghalayan heritage land to Assam in the border talks, the MDA government’s long-drawn silence puts the blood of the victims at the hand of Chief Minister Conrad Sangma,” HYC general secretary Roy Kupar Synrem said today.
“The MDA government’s compliance to the Assam government on the border MoU has led to this unwarranted show of power by the Himanta Biswa Sarma-led Government of Assam,” the HYC leader added.
The HYC also demanded immediate cognisance by the MDA government to the comment made by Ronghang.
Meanwhile, a conglomerate of organisations comprising of HYC, HANM, JSM, EJNC and CORP today wrote to Jaiñtia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) CEM Thombor Shiwat and urged him to react to the “absurd” claim made by Ronghang and also to take all necessary steps to protect the land under JHADC from any encroachment attempt by Assam.
KHNAM state youth wing has also condemned the statement of Ronghang that the Khasi people at Mukroh are “illegal settlers.”
“The MDA government via the Assam government should direct the Karbi leaders not to confuse or mislead the public who are already enraged,” KHNAM leader Thomas Passah said.
Hynñiewtrep Achik National Movement (HANM) said that the remarks will only create disparity between the Karbis and the people of Meghalaya and warned political parties in the state not to play politics over the sensitive issue, but to work together to bring back peace and normalcy in the border areas.