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Shutdown on Day 1 of non-cooperation in SGH

TURA: The ‘Non-Cooperation Movement’ observed by several student and social organisations on Tuesday to protest against the deplorable condition of roads in South Garo Hills impacted normal life in the district on the first day.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and vehicles were off roads during the 5 am-5 pm protest call. The worst-affected areas were the coal belt of Nangalbibra, Chokpot sub-division and Baghmara.
While no untoward incidents were reported, people preferred to remain at home. Barring the DC and the SP offices, many employees in several government departments were unable to turn up for work due to lack of public transport.
Buses and Sumo taxis, which ferry passengers from Tura, Williamnagar, Dalu and other areas, did not go in the direction of South Garo Hills.
The only visible sign of traffic movement was a handful of vehicles belonging to the police and magistrates on law and order duty.
Nangalbibra and Jadigittim towns located on the coal belt, which usually witness a bustling business activity on weekdays, also wore a deserted look.
Several organisations, including the Garoland State Movement Committee and Baghmara Mothers’ Union, jointly called for a two-day NCM protest against government apathy towards development and repair of its crucial roads that link the region with the rest of the state.
Although student volunteers were conspicuous by their absence on the streets of district headquarters, Baghmara, citizens preferred to stay away from the main thoroughfares of the town.

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