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March to protest tribunal ban on mining

Shillong, July 28: The Movement for Indigenous People’s Rights and Livelihoods, Meghalaya, will lead a silent march on Wednesday to protest against the National Green Tribunal (NGT), which had banned rat-hole coal mining in the state.

The organisation’s general secretary, Kitbor C. Rymbai, said the march would commence at 10am from Polo grounds (ground number 2) before returning to the Polo parking lot.

The march will cover routes like Polo Bazaar, Fourth Furlong, Bishop Cotton Road, YWCA and others, Rymbai said.

“The NGT order has been like a dark cloud covering our state. The order had brought a lot of misery to people. We oppose the orders passed by the NGT on our land and minerals, which had affected several lives in the Khasi, Jaintia and Garo hills,” he said.

He said the silent march, where participants have been urged to carry black flags, would demonstrate to the rest of the country the misery faced by the people.

A meeting will be held before the march.

The tribunal bench of chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar and expert member Ranjan Chatterjee will hold its sitting on August 1 and 2.