SHILLONG, May 26 � The banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has called a 24-hour shutdown today from 6 pm and has also called a week-long night road blockade from May 27.
After the bandh called by the outfit, the Chief Secretary, PBO Warjri held an emergency meeting with all the Deputy Commissioners of Khasi-Jaintia Hills to take stock of the law and order situation.
The political department has taken a call on the bandh and has issued directive to all government officials that they must attend their duties and if they fail to do so, they would be marked as absent from work.
On the other hand, the banned outfit has announced a week-long night road blockade beginning May 27 till June 2. The blockade will be effective each day from 8 pm to 6 am except on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the political department has also advised the State Bank of India to open the Clearing House to clear pending bills on the day of bandh. Further, the Government has for the first time provided a number (2222277) to the public to call in case of any emergency or harassment.
The State Government in a statement further requested the public to defy the bandh.
�In response to such blatant and irresponsible call, the State Government has taken all steps to ensure that the government offices, institutions and banks function normally.
The government also encourages all private and public transport operators to ply their vehicles normally and all commercial establishments to function normally�, the Government said in the public statement.