Shillong, Nov 2(ANI): Angling, which is practiced as a recreational activity, has now become a major sporting event in Meghalaya with thousands of people participating in a angling competition held in the State recently.
About 3000 anglers from all over Meghalaya and other northeastern states converged at the Thadlaskein Lake, located around 56 kms from Shillong to take part in the 4th Sajer Nangli Fishing competition.
According to legend, the lake situated amidst meadows, oak and the Myntdu River, was dug by the followers of the Jaintia Chieftain U Sajar Nangli, a courageous warrior during one of his memorial expedition using their bows.
In memory of the great warrior, the fishing competition is organized annually in the state to promote brotherhood among different tribes of the state.
"To project the name and fame of Sajer Nangli, we conduct this fishing competition. Today, we have lapses but next time we will improve it. Through this, we will bring good friendship and relation to all the people of Khasi and Jaintia. We would like to bring the spirit of brotherhood and the feeling of togetherness," said S.K. Lato, organizer of the competition.
L. Kharjana, a participant, said: "I think this is the biggest angling competition in Meghalaya. It's nice and enjoyable. Not only for the prize money, we always use to go for fishing here and there. So, it's fun."
Enthusiastic anglers shelled out an entry fee of Rs. 1000 to take part in the event.
Chesterwell Khyriemmujat was declared the winner and was awarded with a cash prize of Rs 2,20,000 in lieu of a brand new Maruti car. Donbor makri and Paulus Challam bagged the second and third prize and got Rs 25,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively. By D. Henpilen (ANI)