Activists take out surprise procession, cop heckled

Sit-in-demonstration peaceful

A policmen fell down as pressure groups and police personnel engaged in a confrontation in GS Road on Wedesday. (Photo by sanjib Bhattacharjee).

SHILLONG: A peaceful sit-in-demonstration of pro-ILP activists at the parking lot adjacent to the Additional Secretariat on Wednesday turned violent when a section of agitators forcefully took out a procession.
A police officer was heckled by pro-ILP activists when security personnel tried to thwart their attempt to march towards IGP Point after the sit-in-demonstration.
Shops and business establishments of Khyndailad and Motphran hurriedly downed their shutters after words spread that the pro-ILP groups were taking out a procession.
The activists later marched through the main thoroughfares of the city like Khyndailad-Motphran and Jaiaw. Security forces escorted the activists till Motphran Point.
No untoward incident was reported from any part of the city.
Earlier in the day, the 13 pro-ILP pressure groups threatened to intensify their agitation if the State Government failed to respond to their twin demands– (A) release of KSU president Daniel Khyriem and (B) dropping of all the cases filed in the Special Court against the leaders of the pro-ILP groups.
The sit-in demonstration was attended by hundreds of the activists of the pressure groups.
Speaking to newsmen during the sit-in-demo, the HNYF general secretary Sadon K Blah said, “We will intensify our agitation in the next few days if the Government remains adamant on our  twin demands”.
The FKJGP president Joe Marwein said that the pressure groups will announce next course of agitation shortly since “We have not got any response from the State Government so far”.
KSU general secretary Auguster Jyrwa said that the government should give a quick response to the demand of unconditional release of the KSU president.
Meanwhile, Garo Students Union (GSU) and  AYWO expressed solidarity with the agitating groups  and took part in the sit-in-demonstration.