Shillong: Despite the peaceful election process in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) held on Monday, the streets of Tura wore a partially deserted look.
All the shops in the most crowded area, Tura Supermarket, were closed with only a few people sitting and spending their leisure time talking about the day’s event.
While speaking to Sunil Ghosh, a resident of Tura, he said that he had gone to cast his vote early morning and had returned home.
When asked if this was usually the scene during election day, Ghosh said that it was his first time witnessing all the shops in the market closed.
While a betel nut seller, who was one of the few persons seen on the footpath of Tura Supermarket selling his goods, claimed that the deserted look was because of the bandh declared by pressure groups.
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“Most shop owners are afraid that some miscreants might do some mischief, that is why they fear to open the shops,” mentioned the betel nut seller.
While a few of the men who were seen out on stroll differed from the others and stated that most people preferred to close their shops since they have to stand in queues to cast their vote.
It is to be mentioned that pressure groups in the Garo Hills had declared a three-day bandh from April 10 till April 13 to oppose the participation of non-tribals in the GHADC polls.
The elections in Garo Hills were carried out smoothly. In the 409 polling stations in West Garo Hills, the process was carried out peacefully without any disruption.
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