Post the inter-state border skirmish in Mukroh, more than 100 tourist vehicles stranded along different locations of Meghalaya.
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi on November 23, The Assam cabinet minister and official spokesperson – Jayanta Mallah Baruah claimed that majority of the vehicles returned safely.
“Assam Police are in touch with Meghalaya Police for bringing back the passengers along with their vehicles safely. Some of them have been brought back safely,” he noted.
“There are a few incidents of torching of vehicles in Meghalaya. Apart from that, there was no other incident reported,” the minister added.
However, tourist taxis from Guwahati have not been permitted to travel toward Shillong since the Assam Police shut down the interstate border at Jorabat due to exponential surge in animosity between the residents of the two neighbouring states.
“Citizens of Meghalaya have always targeted the cab drivers with the occurrence of any disturbance. Taxi drivers in this instance have nothing to do with the Mukroh fire episode. It’s time to terminate this predicament. Both the Assam and Meghalaya governments should consult into the matter,” mentioned the General Secretary of All India Road Transport Workers’ Union – Biren Sarma.
“In total, 800 vehicles were left stranded in Meghalaya. The majority, though, were returned. More than 100 people remain stranded,” Sarma continued.