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Road blockade begins in M’laya
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 29:
Published on 30 Jul. 2009 1:41 AM IST
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The night road blockade agitation pressing for unconditional release of five Youth Federation (JYF) activists in the in coal-rich Jaintia Hills district in Meghalaya started Wednesday evening. Meghalaya police had arrested the JYF activists on charges of extorting money from roadside eateries and vandalizing seven shops in Khliehriat area of the district. However, the JACC denied that the arrested JYF activists were involved in extortion or vandalizing shops, but said that they had conducted checks to see whether non-tribal people having shops in Lad Rymbai area had valid trading licences. Seven social organisations under the banner of Joint Action Coordination Committee (JACC) launched the two night road blockade which will come to an end on July 30, morning. Till filing of this report there has been no report of any untoward incident. “We have made adequate security arrangements to ensure that movement of vehicles along the National High 44 is not obstructed,” Jaintia Hills District Superintendent of Police MK Singh said. The blockade has affected the National Highway- 44, which is the lifeline of Mizoram, Tripura, Barak Valley of Assam and parts of Manipur.

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