Shillong: Normal life was affected in Khasi – Jaintia Hills today due to agitation, a “non-cooperation movement” called by five organisations to protest against the killing of five villagers at Mukroh village in West Jaintia Hills district.
The villagers were killed in a firing on November 22.
The non-cooperation movement was called by the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP), Hynniewtrep National Youth Front (HNYF), Ri Bhoi Youth Federation (RBYF) and Jaintia Students’ Union (JSU) in six districts – East Jaintia Hills, West Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, Ri Bhoi district, West Khasi Hills and South West Khasi Hills. No untoward incidents were reported either in the city or other districts during the day.
All government offices, post offices, and banks remain closed. Business activities have been affected as shops at Iewduh, Khyndai Lad and other places in Shillong were also closed as the shopkeepers feared that miscreants would take advantage because of the agitation.
The attendance in government offices was thin and all the Secretariats wore a deserted look as only a few employees came to work. It was also reported that attendance in offices in other districts was also thin.
Unlike in the past, no instructions were issued by the state government to direct its employees that they must attend their respective offices without fail. In the past, the government used to warn its employees that action would be taken as per the provisions of ESMA.