SHILLONG, July 7 � Meghalaya Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh yesterday failed to convince the protestors undertaking a fast-unto-death at Langpih to call off their agitation.
The border residents are protesting against the long pending border row with Assam and the alleged atrocities meted out by the Assam police and the forcible snatching of tribal lands by Nepali settlers, allegedly encouraged by Assam authorities.
Lyngdoh who met the protesting villagers assured them that the State Government was engaging itself in resolving the long pending border row with Assam. �The government is not sitting idle but has taken keen interest to find a permanent solution,� Lyngdoh told the agitators.
The agitators led by Pynskhemlang Nongshlong (28), a resident of Rambrai village demanded that a definite time frame should be chalked out by the State Government to resolve the long pending border row with Assam.
�We would like the government to let us know the exact dates from when the two States are expected to start their inspection to verify the boundaries,� Nongshlong stated.
Lyngdoh expressed his inability to give any commitment to the protestors on their demands since he said that their demands will have to be discussed with Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma. He, however, said that he will let the protestors know the mind of the government shortly.
Meanwhile, another person who is undertaking the fast-unto-death has been hospitalised after his health deteriorated yesterday.