Tura, Aug. 9: The Garo Students Union and its allies have temporarily suspended their proposed agitation in the Dadenggre region in West Garo Hills district, which was scheduled for August 12 and 13.
The students’ union announced that it was calling off the two-day shutdown, citing the upcoming Independence Day celebrations in the state.
Dadenggre is approximately 54km from district headquarters Tura.
“We had earlier planned to close down the Dadenggre region for two days, but as Independence Day is near, we decided against the agitation. We are also giving the Meghalaya government time to look into our grievances,” GSU regional president Rupa Marak told The Telegraph this evening.
The GSU, along with the Federation of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP), A’chik Youth Welfare Organisation (AYWO) and Mothers’ Union of Selsella, are demanding the removal of the Selsella block development officer (BDO), D. Roy, citing graft charges.
The NGOs are also demanding that the government revoke the transfer order of a school education officer, I.G. Momin, who has been transferred out from Dadenggre to Mairang in Khasi Hills.
Last week, the NGOs had closed down Dadenggre for two consecutive days and trade came to a standstill in the towns of Rajabala, Phulbari, Chibinang, Tikrikilla, Selsella, Dadenggre and Jengjal.
Road communication between Tura and the rest of the region was also disrupted for 12 hours.
Jengjal, through which National Highway 51 passes, was also affected.