TURA, Oct 16 - The rising cases of kidnappings in the Chokpot area of South Garo Hills in Meghalaya have been condemned by NGOs and residents alike with multiple rallies being held in various villages in Chokpot region.
Residents also condemned the growing number of cases of extortion notes being served by various militant outfits and miscreants. They demanded an end to the continued violence in the region.
The rallies took place with the Garo Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC) taking the lead in collaboration with Church leaders, Nokmas and Sordars of various places where the rallies were undertaken.
The meetings and rallies were held in Rongrikkimgre, Silkigre and Sibbari recently.
�The rallies were attended by hundreds of people including students and Church elders. We adopted five resolutions including one that resolved that Nokmas, Church elders and general public will meet the family of the misled youths and provide counselling for them,� GHSMC chairman Nikman Marak said.
The meetings also condemned the kidnapping of traders in South Garo Hills. The demand for withdrawal of AFSPA in Garo Hills by Assam-Meghalaya Peace Forum (AMPF) was also condemned by the meeting.
�We will urge the State Government for overall development of South Garo Hills region,� added Nikman. The meeting also asked the government to speed up the process for setting up the anti-dacoity camp in the area.
Pastors Jimmybirth M Sangma of Denggagre Baptist Church, Grimseng N Sangma of Rongrikkimgre Baptist Church, Pressington N Sangma, Banchilal R Marak of Sibbari Baptist Church and GHSMC leaders Bongjim M Sangma and Balkarin Ch Marak also spoke in the meeting.