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Will not tolerate illegalities: Newly appointed Meghalaya HM

Will not tolerate illegalities: Newly appointed Meghalaya HM
Lahkmen Rymbui
Correspondent SHILLONG, FEB 12 | Publish Date: 2/12/2020 12:37:09 PM IST

Newly appointed Meghalaya Home Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui on Wednesday said that the government will not tolerate illegalities in the State even as he appealed to the netizens of the state to avoid spreading false information through social media.

 He said citizens should be responsible  because spreading of false news will lead to unnecessary problems.

    Rymbui  assumed charge as Home minister on Wednesday a day after Chief Minister Conrad Sangma effected a reshuffled of portfolios of four Cabinet ministers.

     He replaced James, who was earlier in the centre of controversy over the inability of the state government to stop illegal transportation of coal.

     “My priority is to see that peace and tranquility is maintained and the role of police is to ensure law and order, and tackle illegalities. My task is to see that there is confidence among the people. No illegalities would be allowed, and we cannot allow it to grow roots,” Rymbui told reporters.

On the prevailing law and order situation including the agitation over the demand to implement Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state, Rymbui said that he would meet various groups and organizations to discuss with them and work together for the betterment of the state.

A conglomerate of organizations under the banner of Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organizations (CoMSO) on Wednesday launched its agitation “Direct Action” to mount pressure on the government to implement its own ILP as well as assist the state police manning the anti-infiltration gates to check influx at various check points.

“I thanked the people and various organizations as this is the first time that the government and the people are demanding implementation of ILP. When we have all joined hands on this issue, there should not be any apprehension because we are serious and wanted to get ILP implemented in the state. I appeal to all that we should work together and no one should take the law in their own hands,” the Home Minister said.   

Rymbui said that he would hold a review meeting with police to know strength of the force and how to move forward.

 On frequent incidents of attacks by Bangladeshi criminals along the Indo-Bangla border causing fear among the people, the Home Minister said , “There should be a close coordination between the state police and the Border Security Force.  The incidents in the border were criminal activities and there is no connection with the Citizenship Amendment Act.”

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