TURA, Dec 8 - The town of Tura today sent an emphatic message against militancy within Garo Hills, with over 12,000 people from different parts of Garo Hills taking out a rally seeking peace in the region as well as asking militants to shun violence and join the mainstream for sustained peace.
The rally, organised by a consortium comprising members of churches and NGOs of the region, followed a meeting held at Chandmari playground. It moved through the town before ending at the Tura Police Parade Ground in the heart of the town. Interestingly, none of the MLAs of the region took part in the rally.
Taking a stand on the problems created by militancy, the consortium served a six-month deadline to the State Government to find a way out for ensuring peace in the region.
�We appeal to the Government to create a conducive atmosphere for the militants to come overground and hold round-table consultation to resolve issues and find out an amicable solution," said educationist Milton Sangma, who read out the resolution adopted at the meeting.
They also said that their movement against insurgency would continue, as people are not willing to tolerate violence and bloodshed anymore, which has posed a hindrance for the growth and development of the region.
The consortium also urged the Government to create infrastructure for children and youth to encourage games and sporting activities, which will keep them away from anti-social activities.