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Heartbroken family defends mob victim, claim foul play

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Resubelpara, April 16: Two days after an irate mob lynched one and seriously injured another three on the allegation that they were extortionists, the family members of the slain person came to his defence. With tears that have yet to dry up after the untimely death of Silsrang Sangma of Dame Apal, the family members stated that the three had not gone there to extort, but had gone there for a drink with a friend of theirs who belonged to Daram Bazar and the diktat of the locals to suspect anyone who was a stranger was very much at fault for the killing.

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Three alternative futures for Indian Republic

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SHILLONG, April 16: India’s National Security Crisis – Reinventing the Republic by Maj. Gen. (Dr) GD Bakshi, SM, VSM (retd.) deals with the critical national security, a very vital but most neglected subject in post-independence India. The book, to be released shortly, deals with approach to security which has been largely fragmented and obsessed with the trivia of day to day issues.
2014 is going to be a critical year not just for India, but for the whole of South Asia in general. The author very rightly has expressed serious concern at the outset over the unfolding of certain events that needs serious thoughts and actions.
Firstly, India faces a critical election, which could set the course for its future evolution. Whether it becomes a breakout nation or suffers systemic breakdown, could well hinge upon the outcome of this election. Then the withdrawal of US-NATO forces from Afghanistan, which could unleash a major turbulence in the region. Pakistan’s deep state is likely to pursue a dangerous endgame to reinstall the Taliban in Kabul and hang Karzai. Thousands of out of job Al Qaeda, Taliban, Lashkar and Indian Mujahideen cadres could then be diverted to Jammu & Kashmir and rest of India. Bangladesh is fighting a grim struggle against the Islamic extremist forces and Nepal is trying to stabilize and emerge from the shadow of Maoist violence.

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Mob violence leaves 1 dead, 3 seriously injured

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Resubelpara, April 15: In another case of a mob in Garo Hills meting out their own version of justice, 4 alleged extortionists were roundly thrashed by an angry mob in Daram near the district headquarter of Resubelpara in North Garo Hills (NGH). The incident left one dead and another three very seriously injured in dacoit plagued North Garo Hills and comes about a month after three more extortionists were killed near Adokgre, in the same district. The incident happened Monday night, at about 8:15 pm in Daram Bazar.

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Police traps dacoits in dragnet, foils dacoity attempt

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SHILLONG, April 15: In a failed attempt to commit robbery and dacoity, a hardcore criminal along with four other gang members Tuesday landed in police dragnet even as arms and ammunitions meant to be used in the crime were seized.
Acting on a tip off, police laid a naka and arrested the five accused from a local taxi bearing registration – ML 05 E 2767 at Mawngap, East Khasi Hills District Superintendent of Police (SP) M Kharkrang told reporters here.

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Safe Haven Shillong: 3 GNLA militants arrested from city

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SHILLONG, April 15: Three hardcore cadres including a self-styled Personal Security Officer (PSO) of the banned Garo militant outfit – Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) were Tuesday arrested from State capital even as the police are determined to make all efforts to ensure that no militant groups can make Shillong their safe heaven.
The trio was identified was Rajesh M Marak of Chokpot, South Garo Hills, who is also the self-styled PSO of the outfit’s Area Commander Phili Bot, Herison K Sangma from Mandagabil, North Garo Hills and Mital M Marak of Ringku, East Khasi Hills District. They had joined the outfit in 2010.

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26 cadres of ANVC(B) return to jungle

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SHILLONG, April 15: The A’chik National Volunteers’ Council – Breakaway (ANVC-B) Tuesday alleged that its parent organization (ANVC) taking the help of police attempted to attack the outfit’s camp which led to many of its cadres to abandoned the camp in retaliation to such constant provocation.
Many of the cadres had abandoned the camp near Tura, West Garo Hills District, in retaliation to constant provocation by the parent organization (ANVC), the ANVC(B) chairman Rimpu N Marak said in a statement issued here on Tuesday.
According to him, in last two weeks, newly recruited cadres of the mother organization ANVC made three attempts to attack ANVC(B) cadres at the camp near Tura which were housing mostly women cadres.

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Now deficit schools going the missionary way

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SHILLONG, April 15: Shillong is no longer known for its education destination as it has deteriorated considerably from what once this city was renowned for. With the missionary run institutions allegedly involved in money making ventures along with their private counterparts, that this trend will follow suit in the government run schools is unimaginable. And why not, when the state education department is a mute spectator to the numerous ills that is afflicting the last of these institutions.

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