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Church to hold rallies

Shillong, June 6: The Catholic Church in Garo hills has decided to conduct peace rallies on June 16 in collaboration with other church denominations at the district, sub-divisional and block levels of all the three districts as a mark of protest against the attempt to abduct Sister Cecily Nedungat of Mendipathar, East Garo Hills.

On May 27, a group of goons tried to abduct Sister Cecily, mistaking her for Sister Rose of the convent of the Medical Mission Sisters.

The proposed peace rally is in protest against harassment of other church personnel and also against demand notes served to them during the past few months. In a statement issued here today, the bishop of Tura, Andrew R. Marak, said a meeting attended by Catholic priests, nuns, religious groups and people from the three districts of Garo hills yesterday at Tura also decided to carry out a massive signature campaign by students in Catholic schools, parents and church members.

This would be submitted to the deputy commissioners, chief minister Mukul Sangma and governor R.S. Mooshahary.