Shillong unrest: Hawkers barge into Sectt; Army conducts 2nd flag march in city


By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, June 04, 2018:

There was a major security breach in the state secretariat on Monday afternoon when a group of people numbering around 150 to 200, who marched all the way from Jaiaw-Polo-Ward's Lake through the Deputy Commissioner's office, barge into the house of power during curfew hours.

The group claiming themselves to be hawkers later met Chief Minister, Conrad Kongkal Sangma to petition him over the prevailing situation in the city.

As soon as they reached the state secretariat, the group, comprising of mostly women, forced open the gate.

When asked about the sudden appearance of the hawkers who had walked all the way to reach the state secretariat and that too defying prohibitory orders, Conrad said, "It is a situation we did not expect. But they were not here with any mal-intention."

Speaking to reporters, the hawkers who did not reveal their names and wanted to go by "voice of the people" said that they demanded the removal of the residents from Them Iew Mawlong (Harijan colony).

The hawkers also urged the agitators to stop their protests since hawkers and daily wagers are suffering due to the loss of livelihood.

They also expressed faith that the present government will solve the pending issue.

Meanwhile, soon after the curfew was imposed from 4pm today in the entire city, the Army conducted the second flag march in the disturbed areas of the city. It was informed that the march will also be carried out at night.