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Assam bans Meghalaya-bound vehicles, imposes Section 144 in several districts




Assam on Saturday continued to ban people and private vehicles from going to Meghalaya for the fifth consecutive day after six people were killed in violence in the disputed area along the Assam-Meghalaya inter-state border.
On the other hand, Meghalaya has extended the suspension of internet services in seven affected districts of the state for the next 48 hours from 10.30 am on Saturday. However, the law and order situation in the affected districts of Meghalaya, however, is slowly returning to normal. Shops and business establishments are opening in Shillong and traffic is visible on the roads.

However, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC remained in force in the disputed area amid heavy deployment of security forces. The Assam Police has advised the people of the state not to travel to Meghalaya in view of the law and order situation. Violence had broken out in Mukroh village on the Assam-Meghalaya border after a truck loaded with illegally cut wood was stopped by Assam forest personnel in the early hours of Tuesday, killing six people, including a forest guard.

In fact, 12 areas along the 884.9-km inter-state border between Assam and Meghalaya have long-standing disputes and the place where the violence took place is one of those areas. There are often reports of violence in these places. However, due to the promptness of the government and administration, peace is maintained. Even at present, efforts are being made to restore peace after the violence. But in view of security, vigilance is being taken.

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