Students protest against uranium mining in Meghalaya

Shillong, Sept 18 (PTI) Protesting against the proposed uranium mining in the state, activists of Khasi Students Union (KSU) in Meghalaya today burnt effigies of Chief Minister D D Lapang and Uranium Corporation of India Ltd (UCIL).

The students opposing the project fear that uranium mining would affect the environment and open floodgates of infiltration in the state.

Rejecting an appeal by the government to withdraw agitation, KSU president Samuel Jyrwa said: "The development work proposed to be carried out by UCIL in the 422 acre of land in the uranium-rich areas of West Khasi Hills will only help it to mine uranium. Developmental works should not be channelised through UCIL."

Earlier today, Jyrwa met Deputy Chief minister B M Lanong, seeking details about the lease agreement inked between the state government and UCIL.