You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Bandh against ban on rat-hole mining passes off peacefully in

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

The 24-hour shutdown sponsored by the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) in the Khasi-Jaintia Hills region of Meghalaya to protest against the recent National Green Tribunal (NGT) ruling on banning of rat-hole mining passed off peacefully with no untoward incident, officials said.

The bandh evoked positive response with most people choosing to stay home as business establishments and educational institutions remained closed.

Except for the government offices, all other offices were closed including financial institutions as the banks reported just about fifty per cent attendance and had to be closed.

Vehicles, mostly government and some private ones including taxis were seen plying on the road. State transport buses were also seen plying in different parts of the city.

East Khasi Hills district SP M Kharkhrang informed that no incidents were reported since last night from any part of the city.

He said, "So far it is peaceful and nobody has been arrested."

The state government had made adequate security arrangements to ensure there was no untoward incident even as it urged the public to defy the bandh and had urged the state government officials to attend offices.

Giving statistics of the state and central government offices, a home department official claimed in the East Khasi Hills the attendance was 81.6 per cent, West Khasi Hills 59 per cent, West Jaintia Hills 85 per cent, East Jaintia Hills 55 per cent, South West Khasi Hills 65 per cent and Ri Bhoi district 65 per cent.

The HNLC had given the 24 hours bandh call which began on Tuesday at 6 PM to protest against the NGT ban on rat-hole coal mining in the state. The outfit said such a ban would directly and indirectly affect the livelihood of many people who depend on mining activity.

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Wed, June 11 2014. 19:42 IST