The Hynñiewtrep Youth Council (HYC) in West Khasi Hills has objected to the joint inspection carried out by the regional committee on border dispute stating that it has not involved all the concern stakeholders during a visit made on October 4.
The organisation has demanded the Deputy Commissioner to nullify and conduct a fresh site inspection in the presence of all important stakeholders like the representatives of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, Himas, local headman and social organisations from West Khasi Hills district.
The HYC said that the regional committee led by cabinet minister, Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar during the joint inspection carried out with Assam in the dispute areas along border in West Khasi Hills never invited the stakeholders like the way it was done in Ri Bhoi district.
“The way the chairman of West Khasi Hills district regional committee conduct the affair is questionable and we suspect that there is a foul play in his part to benefit Assam directly and indirectly in this settlement of boundary dispute,” the HYC said.
The organisation lambasted the minister and said that his action was “childish behaviour”. “The disputed border area is not his personal property which he can do as per his wish but they are the territorial jurisdiction of the Khasi Himas so how can he not invited the concern Hima and the local headman while conducting the inspection,” it questioned.
The HYC further said that it is of the opinion that Meghalaya -Assam boundary dispute should be settled based on the territorial jurisdiction of the Khasi state/ Khasi Hima which is in line with Paragraph 20 of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India.