Municipal polls: Half of Meghalaya shutdown

A two-day shutdown in three districts of Garo hills called by a group of organizations protesting the proposed first ever municipal elections in Meghalaya evoked response.

Updated: Sep 15, 2010, 00:53 AM IST

Shillong: A two-day shutdown in three
districts of Garo hills called by a group of organizations
protesting the proposed first ever municipal elections in
Meghalaya evoked response today, paralyzing normal life.

Educational institutions, business establishments as
well as government offices were closed and vehicular movement
was thin, East Garo Hills deputy commissioner Pravin Bakshi
said.

He said adequate security personnel were deployed at
sensitive places to prevent any untoward incident.

The shutdown call also evoked response in several
pockets of West Garo Hills.

While no picketing activities were observed, West Garo
Hills deputy commissioner Sanjay Goyal said the administration
has decided salary cut for those government officials who did
not report for duty.

The Joint Action Committee, a conglomerate of several
organizations, have announced a two-day ?non-cooperation
movement? in the three districts of Garo hills from today
against holding of the elections in the four municipalties of
Garo hills slated for September 29. The JAC is demanding
demarcation of the municipal areas before conducting the
elections.

-PTI