Protesters march through city enter Secretariat

SHILLONG, Jun 4: 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 to the seat 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.

The group comprising of women mostly as soon as they reach the state secretariat forced open the gate.

When asked by media persons if 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 ïew 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.

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