FROM A REPORTER
SHILLONG, Dec 7: The central body of Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) on Thursday started a three-day hunger strike at the additional parking slot of the Secretariat, demanding implementation of their 14-point charter of demands, including the Inner Line Permit (ILP).
However, the Council was not allowed to stage their hunger strike beyond 4pm by the district administration. But leaders of the HYC defied the order and stayed beyond the permissible time.
Later around 6.30 pm, the Council members were removed from the protest site and loaded onto a bus. They were taken to Mawngap Police station in the presence of police security and Magistrate.
Speaking to reporters, SP East Khasi Hills Davis N Marak said, “We cannot allow then to continue the hunger strike on Friday (December 8) because of the Assembly session.” He further said, “Secondly, we cannot allow the hunger strike to continue at night because of the monitoring problem.” He said, “We are just removing them from this area as of now, but we will see if there is any further course of action that needs to be taken.” He said that though the Council members cannot hold any protest on December 8 because of the Assembly session, they can continue their demonstration the following day, he added. After paying floral tributes to former leader Bull Lyngdoh at Malki on his 23rd death anniversary, the HYC members carried out a procession to the additional parking lot of the Secretariat. Speaking to reporters, HYC president Peter Lawai said, “There is nothing ‘illegal’ in demanding protection for the indigenous community and what is wrong in holding peaceful protests?” “Citing ‘Assembly session’ as the reason for not allowing to hold the peaceful demonstration is just an excuse. It is a clear attempt to trample our rights in defending the indigenous community,” he said.
FROM A REPORTER