West Garo Hills Deputy commissioner Ram Singh has hailed the peaceful end to the weeks-long agitation over the GHADC imbroglio and commended the efforts of his team including security personnel in ensuring peace during the last few days of turmoil.
When asked about the imposition of Section 144 on Monday morning and the subsequent violation of the same by thousands of agitators who swarmed Tura town to stage a rally, the deputy commissioner said that what mattered was peace and no breakdown of law and order.
“Our entire intention was to ensure there was no breach of peace, and there wasn’t. We imposed Section 144 so that in case something was to go wrong then cases can be taken up against those who commit them,” said Ram Singh.
With a multitude of vehicles carrying protestors entering Tura from three different entry points, authorities had a trying time in trying to ensure no untoward incidents took place.
“We told the leaders of the agitating groups that they cannot hold a protest rally since the CEM has already resigned and it makes no sense. So they sought permission only for a peace rally. Our job is to stop any flashpoint from taking off and we were able to do so,” says the deputy commissioner.