| Students take part in a peace rally in Tura in West Garo Hills on Saturday. Telegraph picture |
Shillong, June 16: Peace rallies were held in the Garo hills today as a mark of protest against the recent attempt to kidnap a Catholic nun, Sister Cecily Nedungat of Mendipathar in East Garo Hills.
On May 27, a group of goons tried to abduct Sister Cecily mistaking her for Sister Rose Kayathinkara of the convent of Medical Mission Sisters.
The rallies held in all the three district headquarters condemned the incident and the frequent harassment of other church personnel and also against demand notes served to religious leaders during the past few months.
Thousands of people, including teachers, students and senior citizens took part in the rally held at Chandmari ground, Tura, West Garo Hills. The rally was organised by Tura Diocesan Catholic Laity Association (TDCLA) with the support of United Christian Peace Forum (UCPF).
The participants pledged their support to fight against criminals who intimidate religious leaders. Bishop of Tura Andrew R. Marak, Tura Baptist Church pastor Wheterfield R. Marak and headmaster of Don Bosco Secondary School Father Januarius Sangma also participated in the rally. The rally condemned unprecedented attacks on religious leaders, who have been in the forefront of social transformation in Garo hills for decades. While appealing to the “misguided youths” to join the mainstream, the rally also urged the police to arrest the culprits involved in the attempt to kidnap the nun.