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Govt plea to defy 12hr strike

Shillong, Sept. 3: The Meghalaya government today appealed to the citizens of Garo hills to defy the 12-hour shutdown called by the breakaway faction of the ANVC tomorrow.

The ANVC (B) yesterday announced a dawn-to-dusk shutdown in Garo hills beginning at 5am tomorrow as it wanted the Centre to intervene and restore peace in the region.

“The state government has taken serious note of the situation in the Garo hills, and it would like to reiterate its firm commitment to maintain law and order at all costs and to ensure that the security of its citizen is not compromised in any way,” an official communiqué stated.

The government also appealed to the people and government employees not to pay any heed to “this unreasonable call” and to come out as they would on any normal day and carry on with their activities without any fear or apprehension of reprisals.

“The state government reiterates its commitment to deal with such calls with a firm hand in keeping with its constitutional obligation to ensure peace and a secure environment to all the citizens. We appeal to all the citizens to firmly denounce such unwarranted calls, and to assist the administration in the dutiful discharge of its obligations,” the communiqué stated.