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Security tightened ahead of Sonia’s visit
Correspondent SHILLONG, APR 11:
Published on 11 Apr. 2009 11:52 PM IST
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Security has been tightened across Meghalaya state capital, Shillong in view of the Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s electioneering visit to the state on April 13. The decision to tighten security in Khasi-Jaintia hills has been taken following a 24-hour bandh called by the outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) from April 12 (6 pm), protesting Gandhi’s visit. She would campaign for party candidates Vincent H Pala and Deborah C Marak contesting from Shillong and Tura Parliamentary constituency at a public rally in Polo Grounds. On Saturday, an advanced Special Protection Group (SPG) team landed here. The SPG team held extensive meetings with state police officials and reviewed the security scenario in the Khasi-Jaintia hills. Governor RS Mooshahary, who took over the administrative role in view of the imposition of President’s Rule in the state, also held reviewed meetings separately with senior state government and police officials. Mooshahary asked government officials to ensure maintenance of law and order in the state. “Security arrangements for the Congress President will be provided as per the provisions of the blue book,” Director General of Police, Kulbir Krishan said. He said adequate security measures have been put into place, adding that the police has set up barricades along the National Highways, connecting Guwahati and Meghalaya. HNLC spokesman Sainkupar Nomgtraw said the shutdown would be organised in protest against Congress president’s launch of election campaign for Lok Sabha polls in Meghalaya. ‘’We are protesting the Centre’s failure to respond to invitations for dialogue,’’ Nongtraw added. HNLC, fighting for a sovereign Hynniewtrep Homeland, had also organised a similar bandhs last year in the Assembly elections during the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Gandhi.

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