Shillong, April 16: Around two hundred pro-ILP activists stormed the state secretariat and threatened to lock up the premises while demanding the implementation of the Inner Line Permit in the state today.
The activists belonging to different organizations under the umbrella of the Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organizations (CoMSO) condemned the state government while shouting slogans ‘No ILP, No Rest’ and ‘MDA government down down’.
During the surprise protest, many vehicles were stranded for nearly one hour in a lockjam caused by the sit-in demonstration observed by the protesters on the road in front of the secretariat.
The agitation comes after an ‘unproductive’ proposed meeting that was held with the Union Home Minister in Shillong last month announced by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma.
Conrad had earlier this year announced that Shah would be coming to Shillong in March and the groups can meet him during his 2-day stay here.
CoMSO leader and Hynniewtrep Youth Council general secretary Roykupar Synrem warned that a surprise protest such as was held today was only meant to send a strong message to the state government not to take the people of the state for a ride on the issue of ILP.
He reminded that a year had elapsed since the official resolution was passed by the State Legislative Assembly but the Central government is yet to give any commitment on whether the said resolution will be accepted.
Threatening to keep the Secretariat under lock and key, Roy questioned the use of having a Secretariat if the state government fails to aggressively pursue the ILP demand with the Centre.
“If it (government) continues to take this issue lightly, a day will come when all citizens of the state will come in front of the secretariat and if needed, we will close down the secretariat,” Synrem warned.
The CoMSO leader also said that they have decided to hold public meetings in all the district headquarters to protest against this delay. “We will go to the people of the state to take a collective decision to close down the Secretariat as it is pointless for you (elected representatives) to sit there if you cannot ensure ILP which is a long pending aspiration of the people is fulfilled,” he asserted.