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The Asom Sattra Mahasabha threatens to file a lawsuit over the Assam-Meghalaya border agreement

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GUWAHATI:Two’satras’ and over 20’naamghars’ (prayer houses) will be relocated to Meghalaya as part of a recent agreement between the two states to resolve border disputes, according to the Asom Sattra Mahasabha (ASM), the umbrella organisation for Vaishnavite monasteries in Assam (known as’satras’).

Last week, the chief ministers of Assam and Meghalaya met with union home minister Amit Shah in Delhi to inform him of regional committee recommendations from the two states, which suggested dividing 6 of the 12 disputed border areas between them using a give-and-take land swapping formula.The chief ministers also urged the government to take the necessary steps to ensure that the situation does not worsen.

The chief ministers also urged the government to take the necessary steps to ensure that the recommendations are carried out.

According to the recommendations, Assam will receive 18.51 sq km of the total 36.79 sq km of disputed land in six areas—Gizang, Tarabari, Boklapara, Khanapara-Pilingkata, and Ratacherra—while Meghalaya will receive 18.28 sq km. The recommendations, which aimed to end a five-decade border dispute between the two neighbours, had previously been approved by the cabinets of both countries.

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Baberi Gosai Satra in Mohmorang and Netwajapa Satra in Longsai are the two’satras’ that could travel to Meghalaya, according to him. Both the’satras’ and the ‘naamghars’ are located in Boklapara, which is part of the West Guwahati legislative constituency (one of the six disputed areas).

According to the terms of the agreement, Assam will receive 1.01 square kilometres of the disputed area in Boklapara, while Meghalaya will receive the remaining 0.56 square kilometres.

Kalita’s claims were refuted by Bijoy Rabha, the’satradhikar’ (head) of Netwajapa Satra, which was founded nearly two centuries ago, who claimed that the regional committee did not visit the area to hear local residents’ opinions. The’satra’ is in Longsai village and is home to about 100 families, almost all of whom are tribal Rabha members.

According to Mahanta, the ASM’s general secretary, Assam’s land, which includes’satras’ and ‘naamghars,’ will not be handed over to Meghalaya. He also stated that the group will write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to request that the agreement be revoked.

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