SHILLONG, June 30: Expressing concern over the Assam- Meghalaya Boundary dispute, hundreds of people from across the West Khasi hills district gathered at Langpih and participated at the â€œindefinite-hunger-strikeâ€ led by a 28 year old Pynskhemlang Nongshlong which started Saturday, as a move to call on the two state governments â€“ Assam and Meghalaya - to resolve the issue.
Nongshlong who has expressed deep concern on the inability of the two governments to settle the long disputed issue maintained that he would continue to â€œfast-unto-deathâ€ till the issue is resolved.
The hunger strike saw the participation of villagers including women and children especially those from the border areas expressing their desires for an early settlement of the issue.
Meanwhile, the district administration has deployed additional forces and medical team to the area where the protest is taking place.
â€œAdditional forces of up to one platoon and medical team has also been put in place just in case there is any emergencyâ€, Deputy Commissioner of West Khasi hills district S Kharlyngdoh said.
On the other hand, the city also witnessed the mass participation of people coming from across the state at the one-day sit-in-protest organized under the Peopleâ€™s Movement led by Nongkrem legislator Ardent Basaiawmoit, to express solidarity with the youth and the people living in the border disputed area of the state with Assam on the issue.
MDCs, leaders of different organizations besides stakeholders and even children were seen actively participating at the demonstration here on Saturday.
â€œThe protest is organized to show our solidarity with Nongshlongâ€, Basaiawmoit said even as he called on the people to come together under the Peopleâ€™s Movement to pressure the governments to end up the long pending boundary disputes which has affected the people living in the border areas.
Pointing out that since Assam has been indulging in various acts of atrocities against the people of Meghalaya, Basaiawmoit reiterated, â€œWe want the state government to take up the issue directly with the Centre.â€
â€œThis is the second Hill State Movement. Our forefathers have fought, now we have to fight for the border,â€ he added.
He informed that the delegation of the People's Movement would also visit Langpih next week to join Nongshlong.
The Peopleâ€™s Movement comprising of the members of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) along with several civil society groups and youth organizations have earlier organized a three-day â€˜sit-in-protestâ€™ in as many as 14 places in the state.