SHILLONG, April 20: Hundreds of non-indigenous voter applicants were sent away by the NGOs protesting against a hearing conducted at the office of the Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) of Sohra in East Khasi Hills (EKH) on Monday.
This is the second consecutive time that the NGOs including the Khasi Students Union (KSU) and the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) had protested against the hearing conducted by the office.
Earlier, the NGOs had demanded the hearing should be conducted at the village level or block level to ensure that doubtful voters do not get to enter the Electoral Rolls of the state, which is also as per the direction of the state government.
TURA, April 20: The office chamber of the pro vice chancellor, Eugene Thomas, was shot at by unidentified miscreants last Saturday night. The incident happened at the NEHU campus on the outskirts of Tura in Chasingre, about 10 kms from the town. Sources said that the incident happened around 11 pm.
Confirming the incident, Thomas said, “My office chamber was fired upon and the window panes were destroyed. We reported the matter to the police after which they came down to check and investigate the matter.”
SHILLONG, April 19: HNLC has once again called for bandh, this time to protest the visit of BJP president Amit Shah as part of its stand to oppose religious fanatic policies of BJP and Sangh Parivar. The bandh has been called on April 22 effective from 5 am to 5 pm.
“In protest against the Indian political leadership and on the atrocities perpetrated by the Sangh Parivar on Minorities, the HNLC declares a 12 hour total shutdown in the entire Hynniewtrep on the April 22 commencing from the 5am to 5pm,” HNLC Publicity Secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said in a press communique issued here on Sunday.
SHILLONG, April 18: The citizens of Meghalaya on Saturday appealed to the Centre to ensure ‘safety’ and ‘security’ to all Christians living across the India. The appeal was made at a ‘peace rally’ organized by the Indian Catholic Youth Movement – Shillong Archdiocese held here in the city, to protest all forms of atrocities against Christian including the vandalizing and burning down of churches.
The peace rally which started from the premises of the State Central Library to Cathedral Church at Laitumkhrah, was participated by over ten thousand students and people drawn from all walks of life.
SHILLONG, April 20: Leaders of the Sohra Circle of the Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC-SC) on Monday served a one week deadline to a lady IPS officer demanding her to immediately tender an apology for her alleged derogatory remarks against the ‘indigenous tribal men’.
The HYC has alleged that the IPS officer, Yangchen D Bhutia, presently an in-charge of the Sohra Police Station has said that indigenous men are drunkards and lazy.
TURA, April 19: In another case of compromise attempted by clan members (Maharis), an alleged case of rape was compromised in the village of Rongalgre near Tikrikilla in West Garo Hills (WGH).
The incident happened late in the evening of April 9 after which the two families, along with their clan members, held a meeting to hush up the matter.
TURA, April 18: The zonal leaders of the Garo Students Union (GSU), who earlier led claim to the formation of a new Chief Executive Committee (CEC) of the Union after the alleged postponement of the CEC elections, in a release addressed to all the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of the five Garo Hills districts announced the new interim body of the NGO.
The new interim body has further threatened to take action against any individual or group for using the name of the GSU CEC without the prior consent of the various zonal leaders.