Assam continues ‘advisory’ against travel to Meghalaya.

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Assam continues 'advisory' against travel to Meghalaya.

Meghalaya advisory

Guwahati: Assam on Friday continued to ‘advise’ people of the state not to travel to Meghalaya as the “situation is not very good” following clashes in a disputed border area between the two neighboring states that killed six people four days ago. were killed .

The apex body of petroleum workers has also stopped the transportation of fuel from Assam to the hill state since Thursday after reports of attacks on vehicles from the state in Meghalaya, although other vehicles carrying the goods continued to cross the border.

Official sources said the situation at the clash site in West Karbi Anglong district remained tense but security forces kept it under control, ensuring no further flare-up.

He further said that restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC also remain in force in the area.

Yesterday in Shillong, people burnt police vehicles. Conditions are not very good. That’s why we are advising people not to travel, especially people from Assam,” Guwahati Police Deputy Commissioner (East) Sudhakar Singh told PTI.
He said that non-Assamese people are traveling to Meghalaya, but they are being asked to board vehicles that do not have Assam registration number plates.

“The advisory (for people from Assam on avoiding travel to Meghalaya) remains,” the officer added.
Cachar Superintendent of Police Nomal Mehta also said that a similar ban was in place on the entry of people and vehicles from Assam into Meghalaya through his district.

“People are getting caught because of this. But the route passing through Dima Hasav district is being used by travellers,” he said.

“For people from Meghalaya who had to go back, we arranged for vehicles across the border,” Mehta added.
The Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union (APMU) has stopped all types of fuel movement in Meghalaya on Thursday after receiving incidents of attacks on vehicles.

The apex body of petroleum workers in Assam, where all fuel goes to Meghalaya, wrote separate letters to all PSU energy firms, including IOC, HPCL and BPCL, informing the union of its decision not to load products in tankers.
Referring to attacks on vehicles with Assam number plates, APMU’s letter said: “Our members are afraid to go for the delivery of petroleum products.”

The union also warned that if any untoward incident takes place, the entire Meghalaya government will be held responsible.

The movement of other commercial vehicles carrying goods to the neighboring state continues.
Meanwhile, the last rites of the slain forest guard, the only person from Assam to have been killed in the violence, will be performed at his native village in West Karbi Anglong district on Friday.

The body of the Forest Protection Force personnel, identified as Badiya Singh Katha, was handed over to Assam authorities in West Karbi Anglong district by Meghalaya authorities on Wednesday night.

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