The magistrates and police on Thursday prevented Members of the Hynniewtrep National Youth Movement (HNYM) from taking out a protest march towards the state central library which was hosting the 49th year of statehood where the Chief Minister was the Chief Guest. Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui, Power Minister James Sangma and Health Minister AL Hek were present during the Government function.
Armed with banners and placards, a group of 20 to 25 members of the HNYM took out a protest march from Jaiaw and on reaching IGP, about few meters away from the venue of the official function, were stopped by magistrates and police.
Speaking to reporters, HNYM president Louis Dohtdong said that the decision of the protest march was to remind chief minister Conrad K Sangma and his government on the need to resolve the long-pending inter-state boundary dispute with Assam.
“What is the point of celebrating the statehood day, when the state till date does not have a proper boundary,” he said.
Dohtdong said despite 49 years of statehood, yet no government has come up with a permanent solution to end this boundary dispute, which has created a lot of hardship for the people residing in the border areas.
The HNYM leader further accused the state government of giving step-motherly treatment to the people residing in the border areas by not providing security.
“There have been many attacks on our people by people from neighbouring Assam as well as Bangladesh but till date, the state government has never sent police personnel to provide security to our people,” he added.
Meanwhile, Dohtdong said that the organization has decided to intensify its agitation until the government resolves this problem.