Shillong, March 10: The GNLA sponsored indefinite shutdown of Ampati crippled normal life in the district headquarter of South West Garo Hills for the second day today, even as the civil society convened a peace rally on Wednesday.
Ampati is the constituency of the Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and the proscribed outfit has called for an indefinite shutdown to demand “justice” in the case of the death of a son of a Nokma (traditiol chief) Sengberth Sangma in an alleged fake encounter and the murder of four people in the me of practicing witch craft. Both incidents occurred in West Garo Hills district a week back.
There was a visible curfew like situation in Ampati, stated the sources who spoke to this correspondent on Tuesday. They said the rebel diktat has led to a fear psychosis prompting the people to stay indoors. Deputy Commissioner of South West Garo Hills Ram Singh told this correspondent over phone that shops and commercial establishments were closed and the attendance in government offices was negligible. However, he said that the students attending the board exams attended as usual by availing the public services rendered by the administration.
Meanwhile, the civil society has called a peace rally on Wednesday. The basic intention is to ensure peace and tranquility and to impress upon the banned outfit to call off the indefinite closure.