Bandh and rock concert to mark R-Day in Meghalaya



Shillong: This Republic Day half of Meghalaya will be under the shadow of a bandh while the rest will be shaking their legs to the tune of rock music in a jamboree.

Out of the seven districts in the state, the four Khasi-Jaintia districts will face the heat of a 24-hour customary shutdown called by the proscribed Khasi outfit Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) to protest the celebrations.

The bandh will be effective from 6.00 pm on January 25, HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said in a statement issued here.

However, the remaining three districts of Garo Hills on the western side of the state will be bustling with activities and celebrating Republic Day with a music concert.

Garo rebel group Achik National Volunteer Council (ANVC), which is under ceasefire since 2004, is organising a rock concert to raise funds for the affected people of the recent ethnic clash between Garos and Rabhas that hit the Assam-Meghalaya border recently.

The concert will be held at Chandmari Ground at Tura, the district headquarter town of West Garo Hills.

"The whole concept of the concert is to extent support to the affected families who have lost their homes and properties. With the funds raised from the concert, we will help them in reconstructing their homes," ANVC spokesperson Torik Marak said.

The concert also aims at spreading the message of peace in the affected areas of the ethnic clash, he said.

Rock bands from Tura, including Keke, Titans and Rip Rap, are expected to perform during the concert.

PTI