TURA, Sept 4 � The 12-hour dawn-to-dusk bandh in Garo Hills called by the militant Achik National Volunteers� Council - Breakaway (ANVC-B) passed off peacefully at 5 pm today. Despite the Meghalaya Government�s appeal to defy the bandh call, residents preferred to stay indoors.
Attendance in the District Administration offices were negligible with only magistrates and policemen attending to their duties. �There was only 20 per cent attendance in government offices�, said DC West Garo Hills Pravin Bakshi.
No incidents were reported from anywhere. Shops and commercial establishments remained shut and only children and curious onlookers ventured out.
The bandh call was made seeking Central intervention into the deteriorating law and order situation in the Garo Hills, while also demanding a CBI or NIA probe into the alleged �secret kill order� on cadres of the outfit by the Mukul Sangma Government.
The ANVC (B) has demanded the probe after a few of its cadres were taken into custody while a few others were killed in encounters with police forces.