SHILLONG, Aug 09: Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma was once again greeted by a protest as he had gone to inaugurate the Multi Facility Utility Centre at Mawkhar on Wednesday as Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) members wielded pro Inner Line Permit (ILP) placards along the route to the venue.
This is the second time that the chief minister was given a surprise welcome by the activists, who have pledged to continue to haunt Dr. Sangma and other ministers on such official functions in protest of their refusal to engage in talks on the implementation of the ILP in Meghalaya.
‘Be a leader to confront & settle the difficulties of the state’ one of the placards read while another read, ‘We have not demanded laws which are impossible to implement by your government’.
A heated argument also erupted between the activists and the district officials who attempted to prevent them from holding the placard protest on ground that 144 CrPC has been imposed in the area.
The HYC members however argued that the order had only prohibited holding of black flag protest and not placards. Later, the district officials allowed the members to carry out the protest on the condition that they do not shout slogans.
Meanwhile, the HYC in a statement issued after the protest condemned the action by the district officials while arguing that the protest was a peaceful one.
HYC Shillong City vice president John Lyngdoh said that the chief minister should know that they have not demanded him to regulate drugs or any other illegal activities but it is a demand for his government to come up with strong laws to protect the indigenous people.
Meanwhile, the HYC has also congratulated the Mawkhar Dorbar Shnong which got the Multi Facility Utility Centre and also appealed to the people for their support and cooperation for the cause of protecting the indigenous community and its people.