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ILP meet to be held in city on Saturday

Shillong, Nov. 27: Pro inner-line permit (ILP) groups today announced that the public meeting on Saturday would be held at Students’ Field, Jaiaw here from noon.

Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) vice-president Frederick Kharmawphlang said the decision was taken after a meeting of the 14 groups which are demanding implementation of the ILP.

Kharmawphlang appealed to the public and people’s representatives to attend the gathering and lend support to the demand for ILP as a mechanism to check influx and illegal immigration.

He also informed that leaders of the pressure groups would address the Saturday gathering and throw light on the permit regime.

For nearly three months now, the groups have been organising a series of agitation to press for the implementation of the ILP.

However, chief minister Mukul Sangma has put his foot down against the demand, and instead, initiated the draft Meghalaya Regulation of Landlords and Verification of Tenants bill.

CSWO stand: The Civil Society Women’s Organisation (CSWO), which is part of the ILP demand brigade, today announced that it would not be part of any agitation anymore as it felt that they could fight the demand legally.

The organisation’s president Agnes Kharshiing said the decision was arrived at as the group felt that the legal course was always there to realise any demand.

She also said there were few “pro-government people” who are trying to take advantage of the demand by causing violence so that the groups get the blame.

“The CSWO will not condone any form of violence and will always stand for using the law as its tool to bring down a corrupt regime. We also request all other NGOs to do the same as there is a ploy to suppress any form of protests by some in the corrupt and they will use the police to create disturbance and put the blame on the NGOs,” Kharshiing said.

She said the group also warns some in the government to not tamper with any law as the organisation has received evidence of such instances and it will take the legal course to expose the unconstitutional acts.