With the State government keen on implementing the Tenancy Act, 14 pro-Inner Line Permit groups in Meghalaya announced fresh night road blockades to demand implementation of the ILP to check illegal influx into the State.

The three-night blockades from November 5 will be from 8 pm to 5 am, Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) president Daniel Khyriem said in a statement issued here.

The leader of the influential students organisation in the State said the NGOs were left with no option but to “protest” due to the “adamant attitude” and failure of the Congress-led government to implement the Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation Act 1873 or Inner Line Permit (ILP) which was recommended by the High Level Committee on Influx constituted by the government last year,” Mr. Khyriem said.

The blockade, which was also enforced for several days during the two-month long agitation had affected the movement of vehicles through National Highways 40 and 44, considered the lifelines for landlocked Mizoram, Tripura and parts of Manipur and Barak Valley in Assam.

Meanwhile, the Opposition Meghalaya People’s Forum and several other organisations and church bodies have also criticised the way the State government dealt with the situation, which they said, has hit the poor badly.

“The CM should shed his ego and come to the negotiating table,” United Democratic Party working president Paul Lyngdoh said.

In the past seven weeks of ILP violence in the State, two lives were lost, property worth crores of rupees was damaged and over 70 pro-ILP activists were arrested. — PTI