Shillong, Jan 26 (UNI) The 59th Republic Day was today celebrated across Meghalaya amid tight security in view of the boycott call given by the banned militant outfit Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC).
The main function was held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex here where Governor Shivinder Singh Sidhu unfurled the national tricolour and took salute from participants in the march past.
Official sources said security and police forces were deployed at all strategic points. Frisking of passers-by was carried out at different places to detect movement of armed ultras.
After unfurling the tricolour and taking the customary salute at the 59th Republic Day celebrations, the Governor stressed on the need to maintain peace and stability to achieve economic growth and prosperity in the state.
Stating that the law and order situation has remained stable and well under control, the Governor said the government was hopeful of a peaceful settlement with the banned A'chik National Volunteers Council militant outfit in Garo Hills.
Presently, the tribal Garo militant, which has been fighting for a separate Garoland under the Indian constitution, signed a tripartite ceasefire agreement with the Centre and state government.
He added that the government was looking forward to a similar process for redressing the grievances of the proscribed HNLC, which operates in Khasi Hills area of the state.
On the upcoming Assembly elections in the state, the Governor appealed to the voters to exercise their right of franchise freely and to maintain peace and harmony during the polls.
Emphasising on strengthening of infrastructure, Dr Singh said power was a key element for economic growth, adding that the state government had decided to accord top priority to the power transmission system.
The three districts of Garo Hills also celebrated a peaceful Republic Day. Security was tightened throughout the district despite no militant groups calling for boycott of the celebrations.
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