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Agitation disrupts traffic in Meghalaya
Published on 27 Aug. 2009 12:01 AM IST
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The Jaintia Students’ Union (JSU) sponsored night road blockade in Meghalaya’s Jaintia Hills district disrupted traffic on National Highway 44 as the agitation entered the second day on Wednesday. According to UNI report, in a stone pelting incident on Tuesday, one truck driver was injured and at least three vehicles, including two night super inter-state buses, were damaged on the highway connecting Meghalaya with other states, police said. The blockade also affected vehicles plying in various parts of the district, sources informed. Barring yesterday’s incidents, no untoward incident were reported so far. The JSU had decided to impose the blockade and ‘public curfew’ in the district since yesterday to press for their various demands. They are demanding upgradation of Jowai Civil Hospital, withdrawal of hike in water supply tax, introduction of Emergency Medical Research Institute services among others. In another development, West Khasi Hills Students’ Union (WKHSU) has also demanded scrapping of the government’s recent decision to hike water supply tax on the connections provided by the Public Health Engineering Department. The Union had served a week’s ultimatum to the government to scrap the decision and threatened to launch agitations if it failed to roll it back. In protest against alleged government apathy of their demand, the Jaintia Students’ Union (JSU) called for blockade from August 25 to 27 in Jaintia Hills. The decision was taken after talks broke down between JSU representatives and senior government officials on August 21 in regard with the Union’s demand. The JSU has demanded that seven EMRI ambulances be stationed in Jaintia Hills, besides reducing the existing water tax and upgrading the Jowai Civil Hospital to a state-level hospital.

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