Shillong, Sept. 8: The inner-line permit (ILP) pressure groups here today announced a four-day night road blockade across Meghalaya from Tuesday to push for implementation of the access restriction system in the state.
The blockade, effective between 7pm and 5am, would continue till September 13, Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) vice-president Frederick Kharmawphlang said.
“We still stick to the same stand: The state government should immediately implement ILP in Meghalaya,” Kharmawphlang said while soliciting people’s support for the blockade.
Kharmawphlang, while thanking people for their support during the recent agitation, said the drive would be intensified if the government remained adamant. He said the next phase of agitations would be announced on Saturday.
Chief minister Mukul Sangma had on Friday said protests in the form of strikes and office picketing only affected the progress of the state. He said there were other ways of protesting without affecting the development process.
“We have existing laws like Land Transfer Act, Benami Act, Tenancy Law and others, which we can strengthen and make more stringent to check illegal migration. This can be done by thoroughly discussing and deliberating on the existing laws to make them more effective,” Sangma said, while stating that implementation of the ILP was “not the solution”.
“Meghalaya is known as one of the most progressive states in the country. Let us not disturb the trend. Instead, we should work together to ensure that the aspirations of the people are achieved,” the chief minister said.
As part of the movement to demand implementation of the ILP, the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) will stage a hunger strike tomorrow on the State Central Library premises from 10am to 4pm.
The hunger strike is also a token protest against the adamant attitude of the government in not calling school and college teachers under the banner of the Joint Action Committee of All Teachers’ Associations of Meghalaya for talks, KHNAM working president Adelbert Nongrum said.
Nongrum said all like-minded political parties, in favour of implementation of the ILP, are invited to join the strike.
Till reports last came in, the East Khasi Hills district administration has not granted permission to the KHNAM to hold hunger strike on the said premises.
East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner Sanjay Goyal said the KHNAM leaders were asked either to obtain a no-objection certificate from the art and culture department or hold the strike elsewhere, like in Malki ground of Students’ Field, Jaiaw.
He said the KHNAM leaders were yet to respond.
Nongrum said the KHNAM leaders had requested the district administration to “cooperate” with the party, as the hunger strike would be a peaceful demonstration.