At least three such leaders were booked under the anti-terror law ‘to prevent them from acting in any manner pre-judicial to the security of the state or to the maintenance of public order or of supplies and services essential to the community,’ a state government official said.
The publicity secretary and assistant publicity secretary of the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) Eldie N Lyngdoh and Reginald Thabah, have been booked under the MPDA, he said.
While Eldi was arrested from Umsning area in Ri-Bhoi district on October 12 for his alleged involvement in an arson case, Thabah was arrested six days later from Mawprem.
The West Khasi Hills district president of the Hynniewtrep Achik National Movement, Arful Kharbani, was also booked under the MPDA, the official said.
Kharbani was arrested from Upper Shillong on September 26 for his alleged involvement in arson cases in West Khasi Hills district.
Thirteen pressure groups, led by the students' bodies of the state's dominant tribes – Khasi, Jaintia and Garo – have demanded implementation of the ILP to curb influx during which bandhs, night blockades and office picketing were sponsored by them.
At least two persons have died in the past seven weeks in ILP-related violence and properties worth over Rs 31 crore have been damaged.
Over 50 activists have so far been arrested and charged under different sections of the IPC for disrupting normal life.
Under the MPDA Act, a person is detained for a maximum period of three years and the accused can get bail only after an advisory board of the government decides on the matter.
Since the Act was passed in 1995, several activists, NGOs and pressure groups have been booked under it, including the arrested Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militant chief Champion Sangma.


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