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Meghalaya: Local body reiterates demand for Inner Line Permit

SHILLONG: The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisation (CoMSO) on Wednesday reiterated its demand for the implementation of Inner-Line Permit (ILP) in the state. The ILP is in force in four north-eastern states- Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland.

The member of CoMSO tool to the streets shouting “No ILP, No rest” as they marched from Shillong Polytechnic to Motphran carrying torches and waving flags.

The CoMSO  asked the state government to expedite the process of setting up entry-exit points ub other parts of the state.

The Leaders of constituent groups such as KSU and Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) warned of an agitation if more such points are not set up soon.

Biangbor Paliar, vice-president of KSU’s Central Executive Council said the government should come out with laws to protect the interest of the indigenous minorities of Meghalaya.

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KSU president Lambokstarwell Marngar slammed the government for going slow on the Harijan Colony issue.

“We are demanding ILP, not a separate flag or constitution. We also want some political will to resolve the Harijan Colony conflict (in 2018),” he said.

The city administration had arranged adequate security and deployment of officials during the rally. CoMSO members had pitched in to manage the traffic and the crowd at Motphran.

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