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Hail spoils KSU rally

ILP supporters at the Khasi National Awakening Day in Shillong on Friday. Picture by UB Photos

Shillong, April 4: Heavy rain and hailstones today played spoilsport to the Khasi National Awakening Day organised by the Khasi Studentís Union (KSU) to make the indigenous people aware of the impending dangers of influx and illegal immigration.

The KSU observes April 4 as Ka Sngi Kyrsiew Ri or Khasi National Awakening Day across the Khasi-Jaintia hills to commemorate the day when freedom fighter U Tirot Sing Syiem had waged a war in 1829 against British rule.

The studentsí organisation started observing the day last year.

Dressed in traditional attire, thousands of KSU activists and people took out a procession from the premises of Shillong Polytechnic at Mawlai, which culminated at JaÔaw, to commemorate the day.

They walked from Mawlai till Jaiaw and shouted slogans demanding implementation of the inner-line permit (ILP) under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations, 1873, to restrict the entry of outsiders into the state.

The procession was, however, interrupted by heavy rain and hailstones.

The KSU also observed the day in all district headquarters in Khasi-Jaintia hills.

Last year, the organisation, along with 12 other pressure groups, had held a series of agitation demanding implementation of the permit, but the Meghalaya government had rejected the demand. The KSU reiterated that it would continue to fight till the demand was met.

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