SHILLONG, Dec 21: Taking a strong stance on the case of forced prostitution that was being run from the guest house owned by his son, the state Home Minister, HDR Lyngdoh has directed police to conduct a thorough investigation into the case to ensure that everyone involved is brought to book.
“I expect a fair and expeditious investigation by the police to unearth the facts of the matter and bring out the truth so that those involved may face the consequences of law,” Lyngdoh said on Wednesday.
“Police are given a free hand to investigate without any interference from my side so that all people involved in the crime are punished,” he added.
A waiter and a woman were arrested on December 19 from a city guest house for forcing a 14 year old village girl into prostitution.
37 year-old Usha Debarma and his woman accomplice 27 year-old Momoni Pardon were arrested and charged with kidnapping and trafficking. They have been remanded to five days police custody.
Lyngdoh however informed that the proprietor of the guest house, Marvelene’s Inn is his son, Nathaniel O Rymmai, who was busy campaigning for the just concluded MDC bye-elections, when the incident took place.
“I am in no way concerned with the management and running of the guest house,” he said while lamenting on reports which have dragged his name into the issue even as he maintained that this was done merely to create sensational news for the public.
He also said that this has caused mental distress and trauma to him and his family.