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UDP plans agitation

Shillong, June 6: The United Democratic Party leader Ardent Basaiawmoit joined hands with like-minded political parties and NGOs to stage a sit-in protest from June 20 to 22 in different parts of the state, after the recent daylong hunger strike in protest against the delay in solving the border dispute, especially related to Langpih.

Briefing reporters this evening, Basiawmoit, accompanied by some political parties and NGOs said as part of the second phase of agitation, the sit-in protest will be staged in places like Mawlai, Jaiaw, Fire Brigade ground, Laitumkhrah, Smit, Mylliem, Mawkyrwat, Nongstoin and Rambrai from 3pm to 6pm for three days, starting June 20.

Basaiwmoit said there is need for a people’s movement to pressure the government to solve the boundary dispute. He also said after the May 29 hunger strike there was no response from the government to address the genuine concerns of the border residents, who are constantly harassed by the Assam government and the police.

“We want the Centre to intervene in the matter and dialogues with the Assam government should come to an end, since it has betrayed the people of Meghalaya over the years,” Basaiawmoit said.

There were chief secretary-level talks on May 24 in Dispur which decided to maintain status quo on the border.