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CM’s travel advisory to VIPs confirms the severest administrative breakdown

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in November 2012

Thomas Lim

The state government has issued advisory to VIPs and individuals to coordinate their movements with district administration for security covers, after the fall out of recent attempts to assassinate two Congress leaders in Garo Hills. The announcement was made by Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul M Sangma in the city on Wednesday. It did not come as a surprise to any quarter of the society; it only confirmed the severest breakdown of Law and Order in Garo Hills.
The climax which attracted the government’s attention was the attempted assassination of State C&RD Minister Saleng A Sangma and Congress working president Deborah C Marak, both narrowly escaped when militants attacked them while they were attending programs on November 24 last during the closing ceremony of a football tournament at Rongbinggre in East Garo Hills district.
Chief Minister justified that the issuance of travel advisory assumes significance as the candidates for the ensuing 2013 elections are campaigning in the interior villages of the state even as he admitted that militants are trying to get themselves involved in the electioneering process which is due in less than a couple of months.

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FKJGP to intensify action against Education Job Scam

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in November 2012

Police working hard to dodge the case
Thomas Lim
Massive response to the signature campaign against Education Job Scam, organized by the Federation of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) in Khasi Hills and Williamnagar was encouraging. However it is just symbolic means of protest, it is not at all possible to dethrone the former Education Minister Ampareen M Lyngdoh for her alleged hand in malpractices and tampering of marks in the result sheets of the LP School Teachers Recruitment examination. 
On the other hand, a local Court on directed state police to register case against those involved in the job scam in education department, asking the officer in-charge of Laitumkhrah Police Station and the Superintendent of Police East Khasi Hills, M Kharkrang to file Compliance report on the November 30. First Class Judicial Magistrate I Rymbui, considering the judgments of Supreme Court passed in 2009, directed the officer in charge of Laitumkhrah Police Station to register the FIR filed by MRTIM member Angela Rangad and CSWO President, Agnes Kharshiing, and to monitor the investigation.

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Overwhelming response for state police recruitment a welcome change

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in November 2012

Thomas Lim

About 50,000 applicants received for 1300 vacant posts including Armed Branch (AB), Unarmed Branch (UB) and followers for Meghalaya Police department is encouraging. The Anti- police or defense syndrome is vanishing. The long queue of both boys and girls at the recruitment rally will surely boost up the moral of the Police Department as many youths are coming forward to join the force, not only as a means to be employed, this will also bring public closer to the department.
Police department should take advantage of such prompt responses of the youth. Actually even before calling all the applicants for physical interview, the police department should gather all the applicants and give them the promos of Policing and Police services and counseling. This way 50,000 youths will understand policing better, as most of them had applied only to be employed without understanding, and it is also the fact that there are only 1300 vacancy.
It is an open secret that most of the recruitment in police department is under duress from politicians and other influences power. This recruitment is said to have adopted the ‘Transparent Recruitment Policy (TRP)’ ensuring that there are no ‘external interferences’ including political during the process. The candidates were also made to wear the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) during the race which gave them the result as soon as they completed the race. However there is no mention of tampering proof in personal interview.

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Meghalaya needs to take lesson from 26/11

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in November 2012

Thomas Lim
Mumbai, the city that never sleeps, paused in its busy tracks on Monday to pay homage to 166 people who fell to the indiscriminate bullets of 10 Pakistani terrorists during a 60-hour siege, India’s most wounding terrorist attack, that began this day four years ago. Just five days back, at 7:30 am on November 21, Ajmal Amir Kasab, the sole Pakistani terrorist caught alive during the mayhem, was hanged in a Pune’s Yerawada Jail, offering a new solace to Mumbaikars as they observed the fourth anniversary on Monday.
The cruel attack, as investigation claims, was mainly due to the failure of intelligence leading to breach of security. Secondly, the insensitive media covering the live incident have cost the life of super cops, as the terrorists were provided live pictures on the movement of police force deployed in combating the attack.
The attack on Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee, Working President Deborah C Marak on Saturday during the closing ceremony of a football tournament at Rongbinggre in East Garo Hills district, is also a case of failure of intelligence. The victim too has blamed it on intelligence failure, as it is reported that a group of militants was camping in a nearby school for long hours, yet neither the intelligence nor police personnel could detect them.
This could be the first in the history of Meghalaya that a militant outfit openly disturbed a function by political leader and attended by civilians; however there are instances of open firing at some public meeting called by pressure groups. In any case it leads to stampede which is hazardous.

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Meghalaya politics getting violent

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in November 2012

Thomas Lim
The attempted assassination of Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) Working President, Debora C Marak, in Williamnagar on Saturday only confirmed the claim by A’chik National Volunteer Council - Breakaway (ANVC -B) that gangs sponsored by politicians have been procuring sophisticated weapons to be used during the election.
Strangely, earlier Bihar always held the centre stage for wrong doings, especially during election process where a gun is the only medium to gain votes. This time, the election are being cast purely in favors of development and progress, totally wiping out the cheap politicking of cast, religion, money power, dynasty politics and personal charisma. But the gun culture has now migrated to Meghalaya, starting from Garo Hills in the upcoming general assembly election 2013.
Besides the arms culture, the pumping in of fake currency into the district is yet another concern during the election process, it is suspected that huge quantity of fake currency is in circulation in Garo Hills.
The arms retaliation in Garo Hills is not only by various groups and faction of militancy groups; various pressure groups had seized the entire districts during the attempted Civic Poll for the Municipality Board; conglomeration of several Garo organizations was opposing it. So also during the struggle of Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE), precious lives were lost in the struggle on September 30, 2005, dual demonstrations in Tura and Williamnagar erupted into violence. In both places, police fired on demonstrators; killing four demonstrators in Tura and five in Williamnagar.