HITO asks state govt, parties not to politicise border row

SHILLONG, Nov 26: The Hynniewtrep Integrated Territorial Organisation (HITO) has asked the state government and political parties not to politicise the Assam-Meghalaya boundary dispute.
The organisation observed Saturday as the “red flag day” in protest against the killings of five Meghalaya villagers by the Assam police at Mukroh in West Jaintia Hills district on Tuesday.
The leaders of HITO told media persons that the long-pending issue appeared to have been politicised by different political leaders.
“We give a strong message to the MDA government, led by the NPP leadership, that if you politicise the issue of life and death of people, you are not fit to be leaders,” the organisation said.
Its leaders met the Resident Commissioner of Assam House in Shillong and submitted a memorandum, asking the Assam government to shut down the Forest Beat House located between Mukroh and Mokoilum till the return of peace and security.
The HITO leaders said the organisation is not the one which will create trouble and indulge in inhuman activities. They said it wants to unite people and create a sense of brotherhood among them.
Earlier, people lit candles in the State Central Library and paid their respects to the victims of Mukroh incident.

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