Economic blockade lifted in Meghalaya

Last Updated: Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 22:19

Shillong: All Assam Minority Students` Union (AAMSU) on Saturday called off the economic blockade which was affecting goods movement to Garo Hills region of Meghalaya, citing "positive response" from the state government.

AAMSU, which had led the blockade for past one week, has withdrawn it with immediate effect, West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi said.

He said the lifting of the blockade was conveyed to the district administration by the AAMSU leaders from Mankachar citing the `positive response` of the Meghalaya government and the district administration in a joint meeting which was held at Hatsingimari on Friday.
The blockade was imposed following the killing of eight labourers in South Garo Hills district.

In view of the restoration of normalcy in the region, Bakshi said the curfew imposed along the inter-state border has also been completely lifted with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, state power minister Clement Marak today held a meeting with Mankachar MLA Javed Islam and representatives of NGOs and civil societies from Assam including AAMSU, South Salmara-Mankachar Unit with the aim to restore normalcy through comprehensive talks and deliberation.

The meeting was also attended by Dhubri Deputy Commissioner Kumud Chandra Kalita and West Garo Hills district deputy commissioner, Bakshi.
During the meeting NGOs from Assam put forth various demands including adequate security for migrant workers.

Marak emphasised on the need for people from both Assam and Meghalaya to work towards peace and said communities from both the states had since ages lived in peaceful co-existence.

The district administration has also assured adequate security to ensure safety of migrant workers.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 22:19

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