State Govt dashes off assurance letter

From Our Correspondent

 NONGSTOIN: With the fast-unto-death led by Pynskhemlang Nongshlong over the Assam-Meghalaya border row entering the 11th day, the health of several people participating in the hunger strike including that of Nongshlong deteriorated on Tuesday.

Nongshlong was given intravenous drip as his condition turned critical. Another female agitator’s condition also became unstable.

One Elendro Dkhar of Nongmawlein village was referred to Shillong Civil Hospital on Tuesday.

The fast-unto-death led by a 28-year-old youth, Pynskhemlang Nongshlong, started on June 30 at Langpih, an area sandwiched between West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya and Kamrup district of Assam.

Meanwhile, the state government has sent the assurance letter to the agitators.

Speaking with this scribe, the Deputy Commissioner of West Khasi Hills district Sylvester Kharlyngdoh said Additional District Magistrate J P Lakiang would hand over the letter to the agitators on behalf of the State Government.

However, the letter was yet to reach the agitators till the filling of this report.

Meanwhile, in an interesting development, Kamrup district administration has asked the West Khasi Hills administration to take action against agitators, who have been on fast-unto-death on a disputed area.

In a fax massage, Kamrup administration said it would be forced to intervene if West Khasi Hills administration failed to take any action, sources said. When asked about this fax message, the Superintendent of Police R Muthu said he did not have any information in this regard. Meanwhile, KSU (Nongstoin Circle) distributed 400 kgs of rice, 100 kgs of potatoes and other food items among the 250 volunteers who are on round- the-clock duty at the venue of the fast.

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