Shillong: In the backdrop of the recent Mukroh firing incident, the Meghalaya Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to set up border outposts at seven locations, including the violence-hit Mukroh village, along the state’s boundary with Assam.
The Cabinet nod was given following the killing of six people in the violence that had on November 22 broken out along the interstate border after a truck allegedly laden with illegally felled timber was intercepted by forest guards from Assam.
“The Cabinet approved the proposal for setting up seven BoPs across the Khasi Jaintia Hills region. Of these outposts, two will be erected at Mukroh and Tihwieh villages along the interstate border in West Jaintia Hills district,” Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said.
Other BoPs will be set up in Langpih, Lejadubi, Umwali, Muriap and Rani along the Assam-Meghalaya border, he said.
The Cabinet has also decided to set up an outpost at Athiabari in West Khasi Hills.
The existing BoPs in Patharkhmah and Kyrshai will be upgraded to police stations, the Chief Minister said.
On the expenses for operating the border outposts, Sangma said, “There will be an expenditure of around Rs 2 crore annually for operating the BOPs. So the total expenditure in operating the seven BOPs will be Rs 14 crore annually,” he said.
Sangma said his government also directed the state’s director general of police to pay a visit to certain villages in the disputed border areas and submit a report.
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