NE youth vows to fight violence unitedly

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Shillong, Nov 1 (UNI) Even as commoners in Assam are struggling to come to terms following the serial blasts, several youths have vowed to fight violence unitedly in Shillong Carnival.

'' Whatever has happened in Assam has to be taken up as a challenge. We cannot be cowed down, but will join hands and fight together,'' former Meghalaya Home Minister and Chairman of Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum (MTDF) R G Lyngdoh said.

In fact, before the start of the Carnival, Shillong witnessed less movement of vehicular and human traffic with security agencies here identifying many areas as vulnerable to terror attacks, following the Assam bomb blasts.

Karnesh Rai, a tourist taxi driver from Guwahati, who is still struggling to come to terms with the recent terror blasts in Guwahati said, ''it's so nice here to see young people enjoying life''.

Rai was waiting for the parade to clear at Police Bazaar point, so that he could drive back passengers to Guwahati. ''I don't want to go back, I am scared,'' he said MTDF's week-long Shillong Carnival had students from across the northeastern states taking part in it, who paraded the thoroughfares of Shillong city before culminating at Polo grounds, in their colorful traditional costumes.

The Shillong Carnival is a part of the annual Autumn Festival.

''We are together with our brothers and sisters of Assam. We cannot be weak at this moment, but stand united and fight together,'' Suresh Thokchom, President of Manipur Students Union, Shillong Unit said.

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