Security has been tightened for the two-day visit of President Pranab Mukherjee to Shillong on Monday amid 36-hour bandh called by two outlawed militant outfits in the state.

Thousands of police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed along the way from the Advance Landing ground of the Air Force in upper Shillong to the North Eastern Hills University at Mawlai where the President will address its convocation on Tuesday.

Security has also been beefed up at the Brookside bungalow where national poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore had stayed during his visit in 1919 and the Don Bosco Museum, Asia’s largest museum for the indigenous cultures of the north-east, which the President will visit, officials said.

The bandh has been separately called by banned tribal outfit Hynniewtrep National Liberation Army (HNLA) and the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) in protest against Mr. Mukherjee’s visit to the state.


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