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HNLC backs headmen, announces 48-hr bandh

SHILLONG: The proscribed HNLC has announced a 48-hour shutdown in protest over the delay in passage of the Village Administration Bill.
The bandh will be effective from 6 pm of May 26 (Tuesday) till 6 pm of May 28 (Thursday) in the Khasi-Jaintia Hills region.
Only hospitals, ambulance services, media houses, medical attendants, religious ceremonies would be exempted from the purview of the shutdown.
In a statement issued on Friday, the banned outfit blamed the State Government for failing to find a solution to the ongoing crisis and stated that it supported the Synjuk Ki Rangbah Shnong, Shnong Syiem, Dolloi and the pressure groups who have been demanding the Governor’s approval to the Village Administration Bill.
The outfit also lauded former KHADC CEM Adelbert Nongrum for adopting a democratic way of protest and came down heavily on the State Government for arresting and harassing Nongrum.

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