Guwahati, Oct 11: Five pressure groups in Meghalaya today launched agitation under the banner of Save Hynniewtrep Mission vowing to intensify it in days to come to press for series of unfulfilled demands like implementation of the ILP, inclusion of Khasi language in the Eighth Schedule among others.
"We have informed the Meghalaya Home Minister, L Rymbui that we have launched the Save Hynniewtrep Mission and from today and in days to come the five organisation will further intensify it through a series of agitations," said HYC General Secretary, Roykupar Synrem who along with other leaders of the agitators had met the Home Minister.
He informed the government and the district administration that surprise agitations will keep on happening in the city of Shillong.
"Not just in Shillong but every place the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister visit or any Minister visits whether it is for their own party meeting or for official meeting our members, volunteers will go to those places ask questions and remind them as to what happened to these nine-point charters of demands of ours," he added.
The demands include- implementation of the ILP, inclusion of Khasi Language in the Eighth Schedule, review inter-state boundary MoU, relocation of Harijan colony, CBI or judicial probe into Late Cherristerfield Thangkhiew’s alleged killing, filling up of vacant posts in government departments and immediate repeal of Gambling Act.
On violation of section 144 CrPC, he said, " The Supreme Court has time and again stated that you cannot implement laws in order to keep people from protesting from showing and exercising their right".
"That is why I have already stated that there is a ploy of the government. They don't want people to come to the street and show their voice of dissent," he added.
He said the time frame for the first phase of agitation is till the model code of conduct is announced and during this period there will be a series of agitations but after the model code of conduct they will sit and discuss.
Pointed out that elections are coming and whether there is something political in their move, he said, “We have already made it clear that we are not affiliated to any political party and our main concern is that these issues which affect our people and community should be implemented as soon as possible".
Meanwhile, business establishments in Shillong city downed their shutters today fearing that violence may break out as soon as the agitators gathered on the streets in a surprise move.