Tension erupted along the Meghalaya-Assam border after Assam Police detained two local youths on Friday evening, sources said on February 22.
Alningstar Snaitang and Bibarius Marwein, were detainee by the Assam Police personnel from Boko area, police sources were quoted as saying by news agency UNI.
“We don’t know what the exact reason for their detention,” a Meghalaya police official said.
However, tribal Khasi villagers at Umwali in Langpih – a disputed area between Meghalaya and Assam – said that a group of policemen on Friday evening trespassed into their village, and arrested two youth.
On February 19, villagers of Umwali had complained that Assam Police had trespassed into the villages, and wanted to construct a border outpost on private land of a tribal villager. The villagers had registered strong protest against the Assam Police’s alleged attempt to set up the new outpost.
The villagers of the area, along with village Dorbar and Hynñiewtrep Youth Council (HYC) Rimuliang unit came out to protect the village.
A video on the incident at Umwali had also gone viral on the social media, and people in Meghalaya have started commenting against the act of Assam Police personnel.
It was seen in the video that one Assam Police personnel was threatening a lady villager. This was third such incident at Umwali village during the last one year, UNI reported.