Prohibitory orders have been imposed in parts of Meghalaya to foil a blockade called by the Khasi Students Union beginning tonight to protest the proposed uranium mining project in the state.
"Prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC have been clamped in view of the blockade call," East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner J Lyngdoh said.
The night blockade is from 7:00 pm today to 5:00 am. It will resume at 9:00 pm on Thursday night and continue till 5:00 am on Friday.
The KSU is protesting the state government's decision to lease 422 hectare to the UCIL in the uranium-rich areas of the state for taking up pre-project developmental work.
Officials said that if required, Central paramilitary forces would be deployed to ensure that the blockade did not affect normal life.
Principal Secretary (Home) Barkos Warjri said SPs have been instructed to ensure free flow of traffic on highways. "Instructions have been given to officials to keep government vehicles in safe custody during the blockade hours," he said.