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SHILLONG: In a statement issued to TNT – The Northeast Today, GNLA's joint publicity secretary Garo Mandei Ch Marak has thanked the general public for their co-operation during our bandh call on Thursday and Friday. Asserting that the public too want real justice for the fake encounter at Oragitok on the 4th of March in which one Sengbath Marak was killed in cold blood, he said that the the support from the people was overwhelmingly. He added that the purpose of bandh was to pressurize the government to suspend the police official CI Bitching Marak and to arrest one GNLA surrendered Mingran Sangma.
The statement also criticized the student leaders of GSU for failing to stand by the young students who are being arrested and implicated by police on the pretext alleging them to be militants. "If they remain as mute spectators what will be the future of young students ? If they fail to stand by the student community what is the use of their being leaders ?", the statement read.
Meanwhile, the GNLA also strongly warned the police against any harassment or violence towards innocent students and civilians. "The GNLA has strongly passed a resolution to stand by the innocent students and civilians from police atrocities this time. Arresting innocent people and killing them by police shall not be tolerated any more. Public should unite themselves and be aware. Yesterday it was Aino,Washington, Withson, Balsan and Sengbath. Tomorrow who knows you may be the next victim of police excesses", the statement read.
In addition, the GNLA has decided to continue the indefinite bandh in Ampati until their demands are met. However, there shall be relaxation of bandh from Thursday onwards the 2nd April to Monday the 6th April for Good Friday and Easter. The bandh shall again continue from Tuesday onwards.