SHILLONG, Sept 20 - Karbi Anglong district administration today assured to �rehabilitate and compensate� Khasi-Pnar villagers, who fled their homes out of fear, in Block I last month.
Speaking to The Assam Tribune over phone from Jowai, West Jaintia Hills Deputy Commissioner, Arun Kumar Kembhavi said the decision to rehabilitate and compensate the villagers was taken at the Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC)-level peace meeting held at Khanduli IB recently.
West Jaintia Hills was represented by EAC, R Kharbihkiew and Karbi Anglong district administration by EAC, Partha Jahari. �West Jaintia Hills EAC raised the issue of rehabilitation and compensation for the damaged properties of the Khasi-Pnar residents to which the Karbi Anglong EAC assured of taking care of the issue,� Kembhavi said.
Members from the Karbi-Pnar peace committee and NGOs from Jaintia Hills and Karbi Anglong also attended the meeting.
�Everyone promised to work for peace and tranquility in the area and the meeting ended on a cordial note,� the DC said. The Karbi-Pnar peace committee also decided to convene a meeting next week involving all border villages along the Meghalaya-Assam border.
�The meeting would be convened as a confidence building measure between the communities residing in such areas,� Kembhavi informed. He said NGOs of both sides have also decided to hold frequent parleys to sort out any differences.
Last month, several Khasi-Pnar residents fled their homes after two persons were found dead in the area. There were rumours of an imminent attack from the Karbi side resulting in the exodus. But they returned to their homes after assurance from the Karbi Anglong district administration.