SHILLONG, Sept 25: Six police personnel were injured when an impromptu procession staged by the pro Inner Line Permit (ILP) women organizations turned violent at Mothphran after the sit-in-demonstration held at students’ field on Wednesday.
Pro - ILP activists pelted stones at Mothphran injuring six security personnel that included a senior officer from the 6th MLP Battalion and five women police personnel including a Sub Inspector.
The CSWO and KWAADA- two pro –ILP women NGOs- earlier tried to stage the sit-in-protest at the Additional Secretariat parking lot but were prevented by the police. The district administration had imposed section 144 CrPC to prevent the proposed demonstration.
However, the protestors gathered at the venue were placed under Court arrest and immediately shifted to Student’s Field in Jaiaw by police.
As soon as the sit - in – demonstration of the two women organizations was over, its members tried taking out a procession from Jaiaw to Motphran. But they were prevented by the security personnel who were present in large numbers.
East Khasi hills SP M Kharkhrang informed that as the protesters were prevented from taking out the impromptu procession they started pelting stones at the security personnel injuring six of them in Motphran.
The injured are GK Iangrai who is the 2nd in-command of the 6th MLP Battalion, Sub-Inspector Meiissa M Momin, head constables – I Rabha and P Lyngdoh, and two others constables are B Thiate and AD Sangma. Iangrai was assaulted by someone among the protestors.
Kharkhrang said that all of them were taken for medical treatment in a city hospital.
He added, “Police have registered a case against the organizers on the matter.”
Meanwhile, women activists have expressed resentment over the attitude of the district administration for not allowing them to hold the demonstration in the parking lot of the Additional Secretariat.
KWAADA adviser Jenny Dkhar said that the government has failed to respect the women’s fraternity. She said, “We have sought permission from the authority for the past couple of days but were informed today about the refusal.” She made it clear that their intention was to demonstrate in a peaceful manner but were sadly refused.
CSWO president Agnes Kharshiing said the agitation staged on Wednesday is to protest against the adamant attitude showed by the state government towards the demand of the people of the state for implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) to prevent illegal inflow of influx into the state. She was of the opinion that the proposed ‘Tenancy Act’ of the government will not stop influx.
Leaders of the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) and different NGOs members were also seen supporting the demonstration.