Shillong, Feb. 4: Two members of the Federation of Khasi Jaińtia and Garo People (FKJGP), a pro inner-line permit (ILP) group, were released on bail by a court here today and came out of jail after nearly four months of detention.
According to lawyer Sanjay D. Swer, the court of special judicial magistrate R. Rymbai granted bail to FKJGP activists Eldie N. Lyngdoh and Reginald Thabah on general conditions.
Bail has been granted by the court to Lyngdoh in seven cases and 12 of Thabah’s, the lawyer said.
Lyngdoh and Thabah are the information secretary and assistant information secretary of the FKJGP central body respectively.
Both were earlier booked under the Meghalaya Preventive Detention Act (MPDA), a law which allows the government or district magistrate to detain a person for up to three years.
As Meghalaya Preventive Detention Act detainees, the two pro-ILP activists were earlier kept at Williamnagar jail in East Garo Hills.
But when the charges against them were revoked, they were shifted to Shillong and remained in jail for several other pending cases.
The lawyer said detention under the act against Thabah and Lyngdoh was revoked on December 20, 2013 and the second week of January respectively.
Lyngdoh was arrested on October 12, 2013, while Thabah was arrested on October 18, 2013, during the agitation over the demand to implement ILP according to the Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation (BEFR) Act, 1873 to restrict entry of outsiders into the state.
Thirteen pressure groups are demanding implementation of the Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation Act in the state, saying the law still exists and should be implemented by the state government without knocking on the Centre’s door.