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Assam-Meghalaya border remains tense; Shah assures CBI probe

Internet services were suspended in many regions

Assam-Meghalaya border issues Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma visit family members of victims killed in the Mukroh firing incident along the Assam-Meghalaya border, in Jaintia Hills district | PTI

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has assured CBI probe into the 'firing by Assam police' along the Assam-Meghalaya border that claimed the lives of six people including a forest guard. 

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Thursday said that Shah assured that he would act on his request for a CBI probe into the border firing. 

The home ministry spokesperson later tweeted that Shah has assured a CBI probe -- a demand also raised by the Assam government -- into the firing incident.

"Meghalaya CM @SangmaConrad met Union Home & Co-op Minister @AmitShah today and requested CBI enquiry into the unfortunate incident on the Assam-Meghalaya border. Govt of Assam has also requested CBI enquiry into the matter. HM @AmitShah has assured that GOI will conduct CBI enquiry," the tweet said.

Security personnel has been deployed in several areas to ensure peace. According to Home Ministry, mobile internet services were suspended in many areas to prevent the spread of fake news.

The firing incident occurred on Tuesday at Mukroh village of Meghalaya's West Jaintia Hills, after a truck allegedly laden with illegally felled timber was intercepted by forest personnel of Assam. 

Sangama along with his Cabinet ministers met with Amit Shah and demanded an inquiry by a central agency. 

"I want to thank the Home minister for accepting our demand and the Centre will shortly set up an inquiry by a central agency," Sangma was quoted by PTI.

Sangma said he also requested the Centre to intervene in the border dispute with Assam to improve dialogue and trust between the two states. He said it was important to resolve the years-long issue between the two states, especially the border dispute that leads to frequent tensions. 

Also, Sangama brought to Shah's attention the issues relating to the supply of essential commodities and requested his interventions on the same. 

Restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC have also been imposed in the clash site and surrounding areas.

(With inputs from PTI)

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