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Govt given 48-hr deadline to resolve twin demands

SHILLONG: The pro-ILP pressure groups have set a 48-hour deadline for the state government for fulfillment twin demands – (A) release of KSU president Daniel Khyriem and (B) drop all the cases filed in the Special Court against leaders of the pro-ILP pressure groups.
“We will resort to agitation if Government fails to drop all cases within 48 hours,” FKJGP president Joe Marwein told newsmen after a meeting with the state government on Thursday night.
He said that the pressure groups would meet on Monday to decide their future course of action.
When asked if there was any commitment on the part of the State Government during the meeting to drop the pending cases, he replied in negative.
“But we will not meet the Government again unless it positively responds to our demands,” Marwein asserted.
While terming the arrest of KSU president as unfortunate, he said that the Government has betrayed the pressure groups since it had assured in July last year that it would drop all cases as far as Rs 31 crore damage suit is concerned.
Meanwhile, he also asserted that the State Government should take immediate steps on the implementation of the comprehensive mechanisms to address the issue of influx as suggested by the pressure groups.  The government had filed the suit in the special court of Rithelda Rymbai, seeking compensation of Rs 31,09,50,158 from the groups for the damages and loss of private property, both individual and community-owned, and government property caused during the ILP agitation.
Condemnation: While condemning the arrest of the KSU president, KHADC CEM Adelbert Nongrum has demanded the immediate unconditional release of the student leader. According to Nongrum, this is clear attempt on the part of the State Government to divert the issue of the Rangbah Shnong.
While condemning the arrest, HSPDP vice president Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit said that the Government has taken a U-turn on its commitment to drop all cases against the leaders of pressure groups after they had scaled down on their demand for implementation of the ILP.

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