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11-hour shutdown in Western Garo Hills against Citizenship


Press Trust of India Shillong
An 11-hour shutdown was observed in Western Garo Hills region of Meghalaya on Wednesday in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
The 11-hour shutdown, sponsored by several NGOs under the banner of the All Garo Hills Joint Action Committee (AGHJAC) in protest against bill passed off peacefully with no reports of any violence barring a few incidents of tyres burnt to block roads in the five districts, police said.
West Garo Hills district deputy commissioner Ram Singh said, "There have been no incidents of violence reported and office attendance stood at about 75 per cent (for WGH)."

Similar reports have also been reported from other parts of the Garo Hills region though the attendance in other districts in government offices was far lower.
In Shillong, a rally was held where leaders of the North East Students Organisations and several NGOs attended to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill which seeks to provide citizenship in India to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Another rally will be held Thursday where several pressure groups will also take part.

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First Published: Jan 30 2019 | 10:30 PM IST

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