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Plea to call off bandh

Shillong, Dec. 18: Church leaders, NGOs and citizens have appealed to the ANVC (B), the breakaway faction of the A’chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC), to call off its proposed bandh on Thursday.

Even though the breakaway faction has reduced the bandh timings to eight hours, people are anxious about the timing of the bandh as preparations for Christmas are on.

Several NGOs and citizens, led by the Movement for Peace and Harmony, have resorted to poster campaigns appealing to the militant group to call off its bandh totally.

The NGOs of Garo Hills, comprising the People’s Movement for Democratic Rights (PMDR), Movement for Peace and Harmony (MFPH), Garo Hills Sentinel for Human Rights (GHSHR), A’chik Youth Welfare Organisation and others, today said the people honoured the sentiments of the ANVC (B) for wanting to dedicate a day in remembrance of martyrs. They said if the bandh was held on any other day, they would have unanimously supported it.

Garo Hills being a Christian-dominated region, a bandh call during Christmas was uncalled for, they felt.

Assault: Police personnel of Rongram outpost, who were allegedly in an inebriated state, assaulted civilians who were pasting posters as an appeal to the ANVC (B) to call off the bandh.

Movement for Peace and Harmony general secretary Grikseng D. Marak said civilians led by the body were pasting the posters around 7.30 last night at Rongram when the police abused them.

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