Police directed to aggressively pursue assaulters of activists

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Dec 04: State police have been directed to aggressively pursue those responsible for the assault of CSWO president, Agnes Kharshiing and her aide, Anita Sangma, as was informed by  Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma here on Tuesday.
“We have told police to go aggressively to every aspect and act according to evidence that is there,” Conrad informed after a delegation of the immediate family members of social activist Agnes Kharshiing and Amita Sangma met him here on Tuesday.

He said the government has also been very clear there it will not interfere in any kind of investigation and every arrest made is based on evidence.
Police have so far arrested only six persons involved in the attack on Agnes and Amita at Sohshrieh village in East Jaintia Hills District just the two were taking pictures of coal laden trucks last month.
While reiterating her demand for a free and fair investigation by the central bureau of investigation (CBI), Amita has expressed concern on the delay to arrest the mastermind identified as Nidamon Chullet, who is also the working president of the NPP-EJH.
In this regard, Conrad said the police have been very aggressive and investigation is taking place at a fast pace.
“Therefore police are doing their job we must respect that. Yes there are challenges but I think they will work harder to ensure all those people involved will be caught and justice will be done,” he said.
On the other hand, Conrad said that but this does not mean that people should be picked up randomly as this has to be based on evidence collected. He also said that some of the people arrested had nothing to do with the case.
“We need to avoid these kinds of things as we cannot allow too many innocent people to be picked up and harassed. It is a balance we have to strike,” he reiterated.
Amita had earlier recalled that Nidamon Chullet had approached Agnes for talks after they had taken some photographs of the trucks belonging to him.
“When Agnes refused to talk on the matter, suddenly he (Nidamon) came along with a group of 30-40 people who pulled both of us out of the taxi and started to beat us up mercilessly,” she said.
She also recalled that the incident took place just after they came out of the Ladrymbai police outpost. “We had requested the police over there to provide us security for checking on illegal coal trucks,” Amita said.


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