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Guwahati: An alleged attempt by Meghalaya to erect electricity poles on Assam land in the Khanapara area of Guwahati, led to an escalation of tension on the inter-state border on Monday, a senior Assam Police official said.

On receiving information about it, Assam police and civil administration officials rushed to Khanapara, close to the inter-state border, and held a discussion with authorities from the Meghalaya side.

“The situation was handled peacefully and it is under control now,” the official added.

However, the story is different on the side of the neighbouring state which claims that Assam Police forcefully removed electric posts laid by MeECL at Iongkhuli village under Raid Marwet in Meghalaya’s Ri Bhoi District.

They also claim that Assam Police didn’t pay heed to protests by local Meghalaya organisations, and manhandled Member of District Council (MDC) Charles Marngar.

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Speaking with EastMojo, Marngar said, “The Assam police didn’t even spare me I was pushed away. I was there just trying to pacify the whole situation. As of now, things are under control, I’ve told my people not to take matters into their own hands and I will now approach the state government.”

Border disputes between Assam and Meghalaya have been existing for years, with the issue also featuring in a meeting between the chief ministers of the two states, in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah at Shillong, two days ago.

Monday’s incident occurred on a day when at least five Assam Police personnel were killed while defending the “constitutional boundary” of the state with Mizoram and more than 60 people injured, as the boundary dispute between the northeastern neighbours erupted into a bloody conflict.

With PTI inputs

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