TURA, Sept 14: The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) on Sunday claimed responsibility for the brutal thrashing administered to 9 villagers in Pakregre, near Rongjeng in East Garo Hills (EGH) stating that the act was punishment for the crimes committed by the villagers themselves. The release came a day after it was found that 7 of the nine beaten were actually extortionists demanding money in the name of the outfit.
The outfit in its statement further claimed that the 9 had been awarded the death penalty according to the constitution of the GNLA. However, it was only after consultation with elders of the village that the sentence was commuted.
Shillong, Sept 14: Meghalaya Governor Dr KK Paul Sunday said a person needs to have self – confidence to achieve success in life.
“A person not having confidence in himself hardly has any chance to succeed or do well in life,” Dr Paul said while speaking as the Chief Guest at the 160th Birth Anniversary celebration of Jagatpurush Sree Narayana Guru and 11th anniversary celebration of Sree Narayana Guru Cultural Centre Shillong (SNGCCS).
Citing the example of Keralites, he said they are enterprising because they are very self – confident. He said that one can find them all over the world, more so in the harsh conditions of Gulf countries, because of this quality to theirs as they know they will do well in any condition by believing in their abilities.
Guwahati, Sept 13 (IANS): The bypoll to Assam's three assembly constituencies Saturday recorded over 66 percent voter turnout till 5 p.m. even as balloting continued in some polling stations.
Polling was peaceful across the three constituencies of Silchar, Lakhipur and Jamunamukh.
Assam Deputy Chief Electoral Officer P.K. Doley said the overall turnout was 66.67 percent till 5 p.m.
"The final percentage will increase as we are awaiting the final reports from some polling stations, where balloting continued beyond 5 p.m.," he said.
SHILLONG, Sep 13: Stating that India is not a Dharamshala where it is easy to walk in and out, Editor and Managing Director of The Pioneer and former Rajya Sabha member Chandan Mitra on Saturday said that the system where “foreigners” have more rights than nationals should be ‘stopped’.
Urging the North East states including Meghalaya to adopt three stage strategy, namely, ‘prevent, prohibit and protect’ as a means of tackling the problem of infiltration, the former Rajya Sabha member said, “Once we do this, the message goes out that this ‘free-morning-walk’ between India and Bangladesh should be stopped.”
Mitra was addressing an interactive session on “Foreigners issues of North East – a problem that awaits solutions” organized as part of the Golden Jubilee celebration of Dr Radhakhrishan Boys Sec School on Saturday, and moderated by the Editor of Meghalaya Times, Thomas Lim.
According to him, no “foreigners” can have the same rights as genuine nationals of a sovereign state like India.
7 out of 9 extorted money in the name of GNLA
TURA, Sept 13: The sleepy hamlet of Pakregre was suddenly thrust into the national limelight after a video surfaced showing the inhuman beatings by Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) cadres given to villagers in the presence of nearly the whole village. While the villagers themselves were shy and fearful of providing details of what exactly transpired on the September 04 last a few came forward to give the real version of the events that occurred.
While the police maintained that the civilians were beaten on the allegation of being police informers, the villagers differed, saying that most were involved in extortion in the name of GNLA and 2 were alleged informers. While most of them have recovered from the severe beatings, 3 of them are still bed ridden from the assault.
TURA, Sep 13: In a case of fratricidal killings between two rival groups of militants, 4 suspected Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants were killed by the Jack Marak led A’chik Matgrik Elite Force (AMEF) in the Bolmaram jungle near Williamnagar in East Garo Hills (EGH). In fighting that lasted for about an hour the four were killed though police are yet to locate the exact area where the gunfight took place.
SHILLONG, Sept 12: As the United Democratic Party (UDP) is mounting pressure on the HSPDP for replacement of incumbent the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM), Ardent Basaiawmoit on Friday hinted that he may “step-down” from the chair to end the present imbroglio and a decision will be made public during the public meeting on September 19.
“I have decided to declare my final decision on this before the people at the meeting,” Basaiawmoit told reporters here.
He said he is proposing to hold the meeting at the Students’ Field, Jaiaw.