TURA, June 29: The rape of an 8 year old girl in Chibinanga, about 90 kms from the town of Tura, has grabbed the headlines, given the age of the girl as well as the brutality of the crime committed. A 24 year old, Munna Sheikh, had allegedly raped the 8 year old on May 25 in New Bholarbhita, near Chibinang. The police, upon learning of the incident, 5 days later, had taken up a suo moto case after the parents had not filed an FIR. Allegedly, the mother of the victim and an uncle had tried to set up a compromise, which was rejected by the father, a daily wage earner.
The case got complicated when a birth certificate was presented in Court showing the 24 year old as a 17 year old juvenile. The birth certificate had apparently been given by the doctor of the Bhaitbari PHC, who when contacted said he had not issued any such certificate. The police had also sought an ossification test to prove the age of the accused, Sheikh, who according to officials records, was in fact 24.
WILLIAMNAGAR, June 29: The first bridge to connect the two parts of the town of Williamnagar - Kusumkolgre hanging bridge - was opened to the people of Williamnagar for regular use on Friday, the very day that the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma, paid a visit to the town to bifurcate the Judiciary from the Executive. The 172 metre bridge is not only one of the longest hanging bridges in the state, but is an example of convergence at its very best. With its inauguration, the two parts of the town are set to see the first real connection in more than 30 years, without having to brave the waters of the sometimes unruly Simsang River.
Guwahati, June 28 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Saturday refused to take the blame for the recent flash floods and landslides that killed eight people here, saying his government has "taken it seriously" and implemented many steps to ease the situation.
Flash floods since Thursday night have led to the death of eight people, including two minor girls, in the main city Guwahati.
TURA, June 27: The four men, rescued after being kidnapped a day before, reached home Thursday night at about 12 am under escort by the police of Dadenggre. All four heaved a huge sigh of relief upon being rescued by the police and CRPF which had gone in search of them. Narrating their experiences of a night in captivity, the four talked about the fear they felt and the fusillade of bullets that missed them during the encounter between their kidnappers and the police.
“We were travelling in two pickup trucks. There were close to 50 people in the two pickups including Garos and non-Garos. We were stopped at Kantanagre and told to line up. They first asked non-Garos to line up separately. They then asked us as to who did business in betel nuts and took the four of us and asked the rest to leave,” said Shah Jamal, one of the rescued. The 4 were picked up at about 7:30 am in the morning by four militants.
SHILLONG, June 28: Amid tight security a massive demolition drive was taken up by the Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) here on Saturday, dismantling around 400 shops and stalls in Polo Market following a Court Order.
Around 433 shops and stalls running different trades in the polo market which was established in 1972 were dismantled early morning after notices were served as claimed by the SMB officials.
Speaking to reporters at the demolition site, SMB Chief Executive Officer E Kharmalki said, “The decision to take out the demolition drive was following a Court order which was issued in favour of the government on May this year.”
IMPHAL, June 28: The three-month long observation of the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Imphal (World War 2) came to an end on Saturday with the premiere show of documentary film by Japanese film maker Junichi Kajioka entitled ‘Imphal 1944’. The 30-minute documentary film is based on a Japanese soldier named Masao Hirakudo who fought the battle in Imphal during the Second World War.
Shillong, June 27: Three police officers of Meghalaya Police have been awarded Director General’s Commendation Rolls conferred by the Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau, New Delhi, in recognition to their conspicuous achievements in the field of enforcement including operations related to drug trafficking, destruction of illicit crops, et al.
The three officers presently serving in East Khasi Hills (EKH) District are among the 35 police officers of different police organization in India to have been conferred this prestigious award.
The offices are EKH Superintendent of Police(City)Vivek Syiem; Inspector Kyrmenbha Shabong of Special Cell, EKH; and Inspector Simseng A. Sangma of Special Cell, East Khasi Hills.