SHILLONG, June 25: Different political parties in Meghalaya on Tuesday expressed their concern over the law and order situation prevailing in the Garo hills region following the recent spate of incidents which led to the killing of labourers.
While the Hill State Peoples’ Democratic Party (HSPDP) called on the government to address the issue immediately, the National People’s Party (NPP) said it will reserve its comment on the issue.
“The law and order situation in Garo hills is very badly affecting the region and the state,” HSPDP legislator Ardent Basaiawmoit said.
Stating that there is clear picture on the incident going by the reports, he said, “The government is urged to take necessary measures to address the rising crimes against women and children.”
He observed that such crimes have affected the people, making them frustrated to go through such happenings that are erupting in the state.
On Sunday last, eight coal labourers were killed while three were seriously injured when a group of miscreants attacked their camps at Garegittim in Nongalbibra area in South Garo hills district. While on Friday last, a labourer was killed while three injured by a frenzied mob after a mentally challenged girl was allegedly molested in Tura West Garo hills district.
Meanwhile, the National People’s Party (NPP) refrained from making any statement on the incident of Tura violence stating that any comment made on the issue now might be read wrongly and add up to the tension.
“We would like to reserve our comment and continue our work in diffusing the situation as our comment may be read otherwise,” said former Leader of Opposition, Conrad K Sangma after a news briefing held at the NPP office here.
Dwelling on the Tura incident Conrad informed that Nationalist Congress Party MP, Agatha Sangma has written to the Prime Minister and Ministry of Home Affairs seeking deployment of additional forces and relief materials in the affected zone.
Informing this, he said deployment of additional forces was requested to thwart away any attempts of violence especially in the Assam – Meghalaya borders.
He informed that the Assam counterpart has also been requested to tighten up vigil and beef up security.