The students and youth bodies in Meghalaya on Sunday staged protests against Union Home Minister Amit Shah for his silence on the implementation of the inner line permit (ILP) in the state.

Home minister Shah was in Meghalaya on a two-day visit.

The activists of the Garo Students Union (GSU) and Achik Youth Welfare Organization (AYWO) burnt the effigy of Shah in front of CM’s office in the commissioner building in Tura.

Members of the Khasi Students Union (KSU) also took to the streets carrying placards at Sohra and in some areas of Shillong.

The Home Minister visited in the morning visited Sohra to attend an Assam Rifles’ event.

The placards also carried similar messages saying “We want ILP”, “We oppose CAA”.

Graffitis like “Grant us ILP otherwise we will revive the Instrument of Accession” and “Government of India when will you grant ILP to Meghalaya” adorned walls in Shillong.

Leaders of different groups spearheading the demand for implementation of ILP had met Shah on Saturday but were not allowed to proceed further than just making their submission.

AYWO president Sengbath Ch Marak said that they had burnt the effigy of Shah to express their disappointment.

He said they would aggressively campaign for ILP. “This is just the beginning, everybody will see that we meant business,” he said.

The KSU said the groups would soon meet to discuss their next course of action amid the ongoing pandemic.

“We have to find a cure to this virus that has been affecting our indigenous community for the past many years,” KSU president Lambokstarwell Marngar said.

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