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Attack on KSU activists condemned

By Correspondent

TURA, Feb 29 - The Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP), Garo Hills zone, has condemned the attack on Khasi Students� Union (KSU) activists at Ichamati village in East Khasi Hills on Friday, which led to the death of KSU member Lurshai Hynniewta. The FKJGP also demanded arrest of the attackers within 24 hours.

The FKJGP stated that KSU and FKJGP activists were holding a meeting at the Ichamati market on the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act as well as the demand for implementation of the inner line permit (ILP) system in the State.

�It was after the meeting that Bangladeshi immigrants ambushed the convoy of the KSU, which was also accompanied by some FKJGP leaders. The implementation of the ILP system will be a stringent mechanism to check influx and the attackers were mostly illegal immigrants from Bangladesh,� FKJGP Garo Hills zone president Pritam Marak alleged.

�We (FKJGP, KSU and GSU) have been opposing the CAA on the one hand and demanding implementation of the ILP system on the other, to protect our traditions, culture, language and way of life,� he added.

The FKJGP unit said that Friday�s incident was a serious attack on the indigenous people. Marak reiterated that the demand for the ILP system would not stop and the CAA would continue to be opposed.

Meanwhile, the Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC) has also condemned the attack on KSU activists at Ichamati village in East Khasi Hills on Friday. It has appealed for calm in the State.

MPYC president Richard Marak said the incident proves beyond doubt how the CAA is capable of dividing the nation on communal lines. �The Government at the Centre needs to understand India and its people and stop imposing viciously their political will upon us,� he added.

The MPYC reiterated its opposition to the CAA and urged all social, political and cultural organisations to work unitedly against the amended citizenship law.

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