Amorette Grace Lyngwa
Shillong, June 05: When most of the country is starting to come alive after the sun sets, the city of Shillong prefers to slumber. The night is not a friend to the people of the city and all the fun comes to an end as the darkness sets in. This fear of the night that has been instilled into the mindsets of the citizens of Shillong has crippled the lifestyle of the people, affecting the public in ways that are subtle yet highly impactful. But this ‘fear’ was not always the case. There was a time when the night was when the city was at its best.
The night was actually an important part of the traditional Khasi culture. E. M. Reade Syiem, a 98 year old World War 2 veteran, remembers how in the earlier days, nighttime was when people used to socialize. Young men would visit eligible young women’s houses in the night and often stay over at the women’s places with their friends, and this was a common practice. He said that in the 1920’s, it was quite common for people in the villages of the Ri Bhoi District to collect in houses known as ‘Ing Sorkari’ to relax and converse with their friends and neighbours. Moving out to socialize in the night hence, was a common cultural practice that people were comfortable with.
Amorette Grace Lyngwa
Police questions rationale behind killing
BAGHMARA, June 04: In a shocking incident that has sent shivers down the spine of many and defied all rationale; a 35 – year old woman was killed by GNLA militants by blowing her head off in front of her four children when she resisted an attempt to rape her.
In incident took place at Raja Rongat under Chokpot, South Garo Hills, on Tuesday evening, when 4-5 GNLA militants came to the house of the victim, Josbina M Sangma, and dragged her out after confining her husband, Abel Sangma, and her children in the house.
“The children of the victim, who were also eye witnesses to the crime, said two GNLA militants tried to rape and molest their mother. When she resisted their advances, the militants fired 5-6 rounds of bullets into her head. She died instantly,” said Superintendent of Police (SP) of South Garo Hills (SGH), Lakador Syiem.
Shillong, June 04: Journalist Alva B. Sangma, Editor and Publisher Garo weekly - A'chik Songbad, has been threatened by GNLA for breaking the news of murder of the 35 – year old woman by the outfit on national TV channel.
The outfit's political affairs secretary, Bikdot Marak, asked, "Why can't Alva Sangma herself make spot inquiry and gather firsthand knowledge about the incident?"
Marak further asked, "Whose version or side of the story is being flashed on TV? Is it a combination of Chief Minister, police and Alva".
Shillong, June 04 (IANS): The NDA government Wednesday warned the Congress government in Meghalaya over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state's Garo Hills region where rebels shot dead a tribal woman in front of her children.
"It is very apparent that the state government has been unable to tackle the rising crimes in Garo Hills. The situation in Garo Hills region is definitely cause of concern for us and the state government must wake up to tackle it," union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said.
"Over the last two months, the internal security reports from Garo Hills are very disturbing to us. The militant activities are on the rise...coupled with poor maintenance of law and order," he said.
SHILLONG, June 04: The State Crime Investigation Department (CID) Wednesday handed over the residential building of controversial Chandra Mohan Jha (CMJ) to his wife, besides seizing Rs 11 lakh and US dollars from the house.
The CID, the investigating authority on the CMJ case, handed over the building located at Crinoline, Laban, in the city to the wife of Jha based on a Court Order. However, Jha cannot dispose off or sell the property and can only use for residential purposes.
In the course of handing over, the CID team also recovered documents relating to CMJ University and CMJ Foundation, a sponsoring body of the University.
Govt re-strategizes approach towards militancy
SHILLONG, June 04: In an attempt to ‘re – strategize’ the government’s approach in dealing with the problem of mushrooming of militant organizations in Garo Hills region of Meghalaya, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Wednesday said that his government is offering a one – time peace settlement with all militant outfits active in the state.
“I would like to urge all militant outfits in the state to stop all acts of criminal activities if they expect the government to engage in dialogue with them for bringing in a conducive environment and sustained peace for growth and development,” Dr Sangma said on Wednesday here.
This move, according to the CM, has come in the wake of pleas from various sections of the society to provide the militants an opportunity to engage in peace talks.
SHILLONG, June 04: The reckless high-rise buildings in the city is taking a toll not only on the environment, the society, civic sense and what have you but also on the public which is seeking rented accommodation. The yearning for such buildings among the larger tribal community here is to extract maximum rent by letting off their apartments to rent seekers. But that does not mean that the non-tribals are out of this purview because, even on a minor scale, they too are after such buildings.
With home loans, car loans et al which comes much easier to customers than public beneficiary PDS items, it becomes much more affordable to go for a high-rise building and later repay the loan amount to banks from the rent paid by the tenants. This has become a full-scale business for landowners as areas like Laitumkhrah, Lachumiere, Laban, Jail Road, Rynjah and other areas are leading the race. However, this trend is also creeping into those places which are on the fringes or residential areas like Madan Laban, exterior Kench’s Trace, Motinagar, Rilbong, Oakland, Pine Mount Ridge, Pohkseh and the rest.