Bandh passes off peacefully in Meghalaya

A 12-hour bandh called by pressure groups demanding the immediate introduction of Inner Line Permit (ILP) today went off peacefully except for stray incidents reported from the across the state in which 14 activists arrested, officials said.

The groups spearheaded by the influential Khasi Students Union and the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People besides others have announced a road blockage for three nights in the entire state as their second round of agitation beginning from September 4.

"The bandh went off peacefully with only stray incidents reported. There was no major incident reported from across the state," Principal Secretary of Home K S Kropha told reporters.

He said there were two incidents of stone pelting by miscreants against a vehicle of the Additional District Magistrate at Demthring in the capital and the other was a vehicle belonging to a doctor from a city hospital.

An attempt was also made to target the vehicle of the Home Secretary, he said.

According to the report which was submitted to the home department, there were no incidents reported from the five districts of Garo Hills indicating that the bandh has minimum impact in the plain belt areas of Garo hills region.

Government offices, business establishments and education institutions remained closed with roads wearing a deserted looks in the different districts, including the capital city, and other parts of East Khasi hills district.