Bandh in Meghalaya total, stray incidents in Shillong

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HT Bureau 

SHILLONG, Dec 10: Stray incidents have been reported from across the state of Meghalaya since Monday night, hours before the 11-hr bandh called by the North East Social Organisation (NESO) came into effect even as normal life was affected in Meghalaya on Tuesday due a statewide called by the Khasi Students Union (KSU), a constituent of the NESO, to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Incidents of tyres burning in the middle of the streets, vandalising of vehicles have been reported from across Shillong city.

In Shillong, a police vehicle was also torched, private vehicles parked outside vandalised. Police and CRPF forces have been deployed in several sensitive areas across the state to manage law and order.

Meanwhile, the streets of Meghalaya wore a deserted look on Tuesday as vehicles stayed off the streets, shops, schools remained closed. The North Easterner Hill University has postponed Tuesday’s various examinations to December 14.

As soon as the timing of the bandh commenced, roads were blocked with stones besides burning of tyres on both national highways and state roads.

Police said that around 5.45 am, a police Gypsy (ML02-5052) allotted to the Special Force-10 of the Meghalaya police was set ablaze by miscreants at a junction near FCI, between Mawlai Mawroh and Mawlai Mawdatbaki.

When the Gypsy was passing via FCI junction, miscreants asked the driver to down and poured petrol on the vehicle and set it ablaze. The Gypsy was completely damaged.

A petrol bomb, hurled by miscreants, also fell into a compound near Qualapatty but police doused the fire.

Vehicles parked on the road were also vandalized at Laban and some parts of Shillong. Roads wore a deserted look, as no vehicles ply during the bandh period except those in emergency cases. Offices of both the state and Central governments in Shillong recorded thin attendance. Shops and commercial areas remained close including Khyndai Lad and Ïewduh, the main market in Shillong.

A group of youth also took out a march at Laban towards the resident of BJP MLA, Sanbor Shullai and shouted slogans against the CAB and Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and Union Home Minister, Amit Shah.

On Monday, an organisation opposed to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill demonstrated outside the BJP office in Shillong. Workers of the Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisation (CoMSO) also burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, during their anti- CAB demonstration.

The CoMSO also held a procession beside the Raj Bhavan demanding that the governor give his nod to an ordinance aiming at protecting the interests of the indigenous tribal population.

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