Shillong: A video of a local person, who claimed he was representing Hima Nongspung, speaking at the forum organised by the governments of Assam and Meghalaya over the border issue has surfaced.
What has got many local residents of the border areas and pressure groups riled up is that the video shows that the microphone the person is speaking into gets snatched from his hands abruptly.
The forum was organised in the border area of Ri-Bhoi and Kamrup.
In the video shot on Tuesday, the person is seen saying that for any developmental work for a person visiting from Assam, they will have to take a No Objection Certificate from Hima Nongspung.
Hearing this, Assam minister Pijush Hazarika asked which part of the area he belongs to. The person replied that he was speaking on behalf of Nongspung and that the area they were visiting falls under Nongspung.
The video shows the microphone being snatched away from the person, not allowing him to speak anymore.
Pressure group Hynniewtrep Youths’ Council’s (HYC) general secretary Roy Synrem on Wednesday reacted to this and accused the Assam Regional Committee of “acting bossy”.
While condemning the attitude, Synrem urged the ministers and regional heads to strengthen their voices and “not be too fragile”.
A joint ministerial-level team of Assam and Meghalaya visited several disputed areas in Assam’s Kamrup district on Tuesday as part of the ongoing exercise to resolve boundary issues between the two Northeastern states.
The delegation from Assam was led by Water Resources Minister Pijush Hazarika, while Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong headed the Meghalaya representatives.
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