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Ampati facing food crisis as bandh continues

By Biplab Kr Dey

TURA, March 20 � It has been eleven days since the proscribed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) imposed an indefinite bandh in Ampati town to pressurise Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma to take action in the alleged fake encounter in Oragitok in West Garo Hills.

While there was a move to defy the bandh call, the constant threats by the outfit has forced the town people indoors.

The district administration has begun distribution of relief since March 17. Officials also visited villages around the town and distributed rice, dal, oil, etc.

�People of the town have stayed indoors due to the bandh call as most of them fear for their lives. Daily wage workers are worst hit and we are trying to reach out to them and ensure people have food�, said DC South West Garo Hills Ram Singh.

�We started relief distribution since March 17 following complaints that villages were out of food. A total of 127 villages and 44,000 people from Betasing block have been affected�, he added.

Supply from Assam have completely stopped after the outfit�s threat to bomb vehicles. Public owned vehicles have stayed off the road ever since the bandh began ensuring that food stuff did not reach the town. Mankachar too stopped supplies.

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Ampati facing food crisis as bandh continues

TURA, March 20 � It has been eleven days since the proscribed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) imposed an indefinite bandh in Ampati town to pressurise Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma to take action in the alleged fake encounter in Oragitok in West Garo Hills.

While there was a move to defy the bandh call, the constant threats by the outfit has forced the town people indoors.

The district administration has begun distribution of relief since March 17. Officials also visited villages around the town and distributed rice, dal, oil, etc.

�People of the town have stayed indoors due to the bandh call as most of them fear for their lives. Daily wage workers are worst hit and we are trying to reach out to them and ensure people have food�, said DC South West Garo Hills Ram Singh.

�We started relief distribution since March 17 following complaints that villages were out of food. A total of 127 villages and 44,000 people from Betasing block have been affected�, he added.

Supply from Assam have completely stopped after the outfit�s threat to bomb vehicles. Public owned vehicles have stayed off the road ever since the bandh began ensuring that food stuff did not reach the town. Mankachar too stopped supplies.