Mukul Sangma govt accused of being insensitive to ILP protests

BureauUpdated: Saturday, June 01, 2019, 03:09 PM IST
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Shillong: Opposition Meghalaya People’s Forum (MPF) today accused the Mukul Sangma-led Congress government of being ‘insensitive’ to agitating pressure groups demanding introduction of the ILP to check influx and in the process fans militancy in the state.

“Insensitive approach in handling the agitating groups has provided a fresh doze of oxygen to militancy in the state,” UDP legislator Paul Lyngdoh said.

The former student leader was referring to the reports where a senior leader of the influential Khasi Students’ Union, Frederick Kharmawphlang, and 13 other youths had joined the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) militant outfit.

“This is not a good trend and it needs a lot of reasons and analysis which I am sure has been done by the police department,” he said.

“The state government needs to have introspection on the matter to ensure that we don’t go back to those days when Shillong was under the dark clouds of militancy and a Manipur-like situation,” the UDP leader said.

Criticising the Governor’s address not mentioning the four month-long agitation by pressure groups demanding implementation of the Inner Line Permit, Lyngdoh said, “The address contained a number of myths, cliché and a lot of contradictions.”

Denying to accept the Governor’s view that law and order in the state was stable in the past one year, Lyngdoh said, “Such tall claims cannot be digested by the people of the state. To top it all, the whole police department is in a total shamble due to state government’s lack of responsibility and sense of direction.”

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