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SHILLONG: The Synjuk Ki Nongsynshar Shnong ka Bri u Hynniewtrep (SNSBH) has written to the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma expressing concern on the rising cases of COVID-19 in the state and urged the government to take strong punitive actions against the ‘marriage party revelers’.
The general secretary of the Synjuk, R.L. Blah condemned the irresponsible behavior of such citizens of the state who, he said, are answerable for the rising cases of infection by the deadly virus.
“We firmly urge the Government to bring these defaulters to task and impose harsh punishments and fines upon them for breaking protocols and guidelines set forth by the state. Furthermore, the Government should consider adopting stringent measures and issue warnings that any future offender will be dealt with the severe repercussions”, he said.
He said the wedding that took place on June 27, 2020 at Greenwood Resort, Khanapara in violation of protocols “has left the masses speechless”.
“One can only wonder how 40+ people from Shillong attended the ceremony with passes issued for 5 persons only”, he said and questioned the logic of holding a ceremony in Khanapara when Guwahati city had already been declared a red zone area. He also wondered how was the family permitted to hold another reception in Shillong within a four day span of returning from Khanapara.
Blah said that the wedding incident was an eye opener to the insensitive, selfish and careless mentality of people and families who risked and endangered other peoples’ lives so that they can experience a sort of normalcy in their lives.
He said, “This is becoming a trend in our state, where the affluent society enjoys unrestricted and unchecked movement whereas the impoverished struggles to maintain a decent household in this pandemic”.