SHILLONG, June 12: Coming together under the ‘Voice of the People’ a group of protesters have asked the state government to keep its promise by ensuring unconditional release of all the 68 youth who were arrested during the recent five-day violent protest in the state capital.
Earlier on June 5, these protesters met the Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma after they had forcefully entered the premises of the main secretariat.
Following this, they claimed that the Ministers of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government who visited the affected areas had assured the protesters that the government will look into their demands which include the unconditional release of the arrested youth.
One of the protesters Banraplang Hynniewta later said, “We demand the state government to keep its promise made to the voice of the people on that day by releasing all the youth unconditionally.”
He said there are 68 youth who are mostly students have been arrested and are still in jail while also alleging most of them were also only passing through the affected area and were not involved in the protest.
Hynniewta further recalled that the sports minister Banteidor Lyngdoh, state planning board chairman Lambor Malngiang and North Shillong MLA Adelbert Nongrum had assured during their visit to Motphran that the government will ensure the unconditional release of all arrested youth.
“We will again meet the Chief Minister and Home Minister to remind them of what they had promised the delegation in the Main Secretariat on June 5,” he said.
Meanwhile the aggrieved parents and family members of the arrested youth also urged the government to release all of them.
M Nongsiej said that her husband Skhemborlang Marwein got beaten and arrested by the police last Friday near Synod complex and is still in jail till date but denied that her husband was at all involve in the riot.
“My son Kitboklang Marbaninag got arrested on June 4 from Mawprem and is still in jail,” B Marbaniang an aggrieved mother said.