Meghalaya: 'Matriarch of Domiasiat' Spelity L. Langrin passes away at 95
The frontwoman in the fight against uranium mining in the mineral-rich district of South West Khasi Hills (SWKH) in Meghalaya, Spelity Lyngdoh Langrin breathed her last on Wednesday night. She was 95 years old.
Langrin, who hails from Domiasiat village in SWKH passed away at around 11.30 pm on October 28.
While she was alive, Langrin, in her old age, had raised a strong opposition against the proposed uranium project in the Domiasiat area.
It was reported that she had refused the offer of Rs 45 crore from the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) to mine uranium in her land for 30 years.
Langrin had also chased the officials of the Atomic Mineral Division (AMD) to carry out the exploration of uranium ore in her land.
Social organisations in Meghalaya have expressed their grief over the passing away of Langrin and stated that the state (Hynniewtrep) has lost one of its formidable leaders.
In a condolence message, Thma U Rangli Juki (TUR) said the organisation is indebted to Langrin for her courage and determination in opposing uranium mining in Domiasiat-Wahkaji area.
Other organisations including the Civil Society Women's Organisation (CSWO), Khasi Students' Union (KSU), Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) and others have also condoled the death of Langrin.