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Chief Secys of Meghalaya, Assam meet to defuse border tension
STAFF correspondent
 SHILLONG, Feb 20 - A high-level discussion was held between the Chief Secretaries of Meghalaya and Assam to defuse tension in the wake of a border flare-up that occurred near Langpih on Wednesday.

 The incident took place at Umwali village near Langpih in West Khasi Hills district when Meghalaya villagers protested against a border outpost proposed to be set up by the Assam Police.

According to West Khasi Hills SP, Bashanbor J Laloo, the matter has been resolved amicably for the time being.

The situation is normal in the area now as a high-level discussion was held at the Chief Secretary level, Laloo said, adding that the Assam Police wanted to set up the border outpost on a plot owned by a local villager, Kwiskelda Lyngdoh.

The SP further said that as a precautionary measure, a minimum force has been deployed in the area.

There are several disputed border areas between Meghalaya and Assam. Governments of the both States have been trying to resolve the lingering disputes through talks. Various political parties have suggested that a give-and-take policy should be adopted in this regard.

It may be mentioned here that Langpih is claimed by both States and has been a flashpoint of confrontation between them. The dispute has also claimed lives of many in the past. Last year several persons were injured in a lathicharge by the Assam Police.

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