Faithful throng Cathedral to pay tribute to Archbishop Jala

Appeal for walk to avoid traffic snarl during funeral tomorrow


SHILLONG: The mortal remains of Dominic Jala have finally arrived the place where he belonged- the Archbishop’s House on Monday morning and the casket containing his body was placed at the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, Laitumkhrah so that the faithful can pay tribute.
As soon as the mortal remains arrived early Monday morning, the faithful started paying tribute to Jala.
The casket was placed close to the altar of the Cathedral and it will remain till Wednesday before the funeral on the premises of the Cathedral.The pro tem Chancellor of the Archdiocese, Fr. Jimmy Marngar has appealed to the people who are in and around the city not to bring vehicles but rather to walk on foot in order to ease traffic congestion on the day of funeral.
Earlier, the East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police, Claudia A. Lyngwa and the SP (traffic) Bikram D Marak, jointly addressed the press highlighting the need on the part of the city residents to walk to the Cathedral for the funeral instead of taking their vehicles to avoid snarl.
Claudia cited the example of people of Mawlai when they walked on foot even from Mawlai bypass to witness the arrival of the cortege on Sunday night.
“Nobody brought their vehicles though the traffic personnel were prepared for any situation. It was the most successful arrangement by the people and Dorbar Shnong of Mawlai”, Claudia said.
She hoped that since many schools will be closed, the traffic may be smooth on Wednesday.
Claudia also appreciated Guwahati police for removing all vehicles from the road on Sunday as the funeral procession was smooth. Fr. Marngar said the mortal remains will be kept inside the coffin which will remain closed.
The funeral service for the Archbishop will begin at 1 pm on Wednesday.
He also requested those who come for the funeral service of the Archbishop to put flags or any signs on their vehicles so that they can be easily identified.
The live telecast of the funeral will be available in local channels and in Youtube.

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