HANM to stage demonstration demanding resolution on boundary dispute

SHILLONGThe Hynniewtrep A’chik National Movement (HANM) will protest against the state government for not resolving the inter-state boundary dispute by staging a sit-in demonstration on February 20 at Additional Secretariat Parking lot.

Irked at the apathy of the state government for not taking up the matter seriously with Assam government, president of HANM, Lamphrang Kharbani said the organisation would start a series of agitations.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, the organisation threatened to intensify their agitations if the government pays no attention to the demands for resolving the inter-state boundary dispute.

He expressed concern over the alleged illegal encroachment of Assam government in Meghalaya’s border lands and other areas.

He recounted Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong’s promise to give priority to solving the inter-state border dispute if NPP came to power.

In this connection, he urged Tynsong to fulfill the assurance since NPP was in the seat of power in the state.

He said the sit-in demonstration would serve as a reminder to the state government and the center to resolve the inter-state border dispute, the solutions of which have been eluding the state.

Kharbani asked the state government to seriously look into the difficulties of the people in Langpih and other border areas.

“It is pointless to talk about development if we would lose our land,” he said.

He said if the organisation needed, would meet the Chief Minister of Assam only after listening to the response of the state government.

The HANM has extended their support to the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by social activist THS Bonney on inter-state border dispute.

Secondly, the organisation has demanded the implementation ILP. “ILP is a shield to protect the state from influx of illegal immigrants,” he said.

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