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Pro-ILP groups relax bandh

Shillong, Dec. 9: Pressure groups in Meghalaya demanding implementation of the inner-line permit today decided to relax the bandh period to 12 hours in Khasi-Jaintia hill districts.

In view of the bandh, the Meghalaya government has also increased deployment of security in the state.

Jaintia Students’ Union (JSU) president, Rikut N. Parien said the bandh in East and West Jaintia hills will be effective only for 12 hours tomorrow (from 5am to 5pm).

The groups have announced office picketing on Friday in the entire state. But Parien said the office picketing has been withdrawn in East and West Jaintia Hills.

However the 36-hour bandh, including office picketing, remained unchanged in four districts of Khasi hills.

In Garo hills, the groups have called for night road blockade on Tuesday and Wednesday from 8pm to 5am, besides office picketing.

The 13 pressure groups are demanding implementation of ILP under the Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation, 1873 to restrict entry of outsiders into the state.

Meanwhile, East Khasi Hills superintendent of police said that security has been deployed in the whole district in view of the 36-hour bandh call and assured that vehicles moving via East Khasi Hills to other districts would be provided escorts.

“We will manage with whatever forces we have and people moving in vehicles will be provided escorts,” the SP said.

He also said the district administration has arranged public transport to ferry people and government employees during the bandh period.

East Khasi Hills is the main district connecting with other district headquarters. Moreover, National Highways 40 and 44, the lifeline of Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, passing through some parts of Assam.

Suicide bid

A Class X student here today tried to commit suicide after she failed in a selection test.

According to police, she failed in one subject and feared that she may not be able to appear for the final exams. The police said the student jumped from the second floor of her house at Rilbong here. Though she was injured, the police said the student is out of danger.