SHILLONG, Oct 20 – Security has been tightened in view of President Pranab Mukhrejee’s two-day visit to the State capital here from Monday, amidst a 36-hour bandh called by the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC).
Police and paramilitary forces have secured the routes through which the President would be moving during his two-day visit. He would be landing at the Advanced Landing Ground at Upper Shillong where Governor KK Paul and Chief Minister Mukul Sangma will receive him.
Later in the evening, the President would be addressing the Assembly and the following day he would confer degrees to students during the 21st convocation of the North Eastern Hill University as the Central University’s Visitor.
Amongst the President’s other itineraries include visit to the Brookside Bungalow at the Assembly complex, where Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore stayed during his visit to Shillong in 1919, and the Don Bosco Museum, depicting the indigenous cultures of the North East.
Meanwhile, the HNLC, which has called a bandh in protest against the visit of the President, did not retract its decision, despite appeals from several quarters of the State. An organisation of a group of citizens, ICARE, has said that it would be holding a protest rally at Khyndailad (Police Bazaar) at 10 am tomorrow, against the militant outfit’s decision to call for a bandh.
The organisation has appealed to the people to attend the rally which would discuss, apart from the bandhs called by organisations, issues related to the implementation of the Inner Line Permit.
The State Government has made a passionate appeal to the public to defy the bandh and come out in large numbers to greet the President.
“The Government also appeals to each and every citizen of the State to come out in large numbers to greet the President on this auspicious occasion which will be an indication of our maturity and send out a strong message that the people of the State can be no longer be willfully held to siege at every turn” the statement appealed.