Protestors arrested for violating prohibitory orders

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Shillong, Oct 15 (UNI) At least 300 protestors were arrested today for violating prohibitory orders imposed under section 144 CrPC, police said.

The protestors, under the banner of Joint Action Committee, arrived here this morning from East Garo Hills to stage a silent protest to force the government to create a separate North Garo Hills district.

The JAC had been demanding creation of the district which would include four Assembly constituencies--Kharkutta, Mendipather, Resubelpara and Bajengdoba.

''We have arrested about 250 to 300 protestors for violating the prohibitory orders,'' East Khasi Hills District Deputy Commissioner B Dhar told UNI here.

Mr Dhar said the protestors had been taken to Mawngap village and would be released by evening.

Earlier, Chief Minister D D Lapang informed the Assembly that the government was very much open to the idea of creating more districts and civil sub-divisions to bring the administration closer to the people.

A task force, headed by Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee, had been constituted to examine the creation of new districts, he said.

Meghalaya has seven districts--East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills, Ri-Bhoi, South Garo Hills, West Garo Hills and East Garo Hills.

Meanwhile, JAC Publicity Secretary Aldrin D Sangma said by telephone that the JAC would soon meet again to chalk out its agitational programmes in protest against the 'lack of initiative' on the part of the state government to create the North Garo Hills district.

UNI

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