SHILLONG, Aug 06: Wednesday’s statewide ‘dawn to dusk’ bandh called by the State Co-ordination Committee of Coal Owners’, Miners and Dealers’ Forum (SCCCOMDF) in protest against the state government’s failure to submit it reports on the extracted coal lying in the depots throughout Meghalaya passed off peacefully without any reports of untoward incident.
In spite of state government urging people of the state to denounce the bandh call, a major chunk of the local populace chose to remain indoors even as most business establishments and educational institutions remained closed for the day.
While government offices functioned as normal, a number of banks and financial institutions downed their shutters for the day.
Tura, Aug 06: Another Under Trial Prisoner (UTP) on Wednesday made a daring escape under the nose of police. An under trial prisoner Bishnu M. Sangma managed to escape from a government hospital in Williamnagar, East Garo Hills (EGH). He was in judicial custody in Williamnagar district jail.
Bishnu, an alleged Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) cadre, was arrested during an operation against the outfit at Mikilsimgre village, about 19 km from Williamnagar on June 23 last. He was incidentally the sentry on watch for the outfit during the operation but had dozed off.
SHILLONG, Aug 06: Opposition National People’s Party (NPP) on Wednesday has condemned the recent decision of the Meghalaya government to extend the term of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) for another six months terming it as “undemocratic.”
“It is not only undemocratic and unconstitutional but also politically motivated and therefore completely unjustified,” NPP legislator and spokesperson James K Sangma said in a statement issued here on Wednesday.
He added to this by saying that the move to extend the term of the GHADC has further exposed the nefarious design of the Chief Minister who is doing all this solely for his self protection and political survival.
SHILLONG, Aug 05: The Enforcement Wing of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Tuesday evicted over a hundred illegal hawkers who were running businesses without obtaining trading licenses in the Iewduh market.
“We have evicted over a hundred illegal hawkers who are operating their businesses in the market after they failed to obtain the trading license from the Council,” the Council’s Executive Member in-charge Trade Latiplang Kharkongor said here.
The checking drive by at least 40 personnel of the Council’s Enforcement Wing this time was conducted under tight security.
SHILLONG, Aug 06: Meghalaya police has arrested two over ground workers of the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) for extortion activities.
They duo identified as Willbok Lyngdoh Marshillong (21) and Sylvester Marwein (32) were arrested on Tuesday by the Special Cell of East Khasi Hills District based on a complaint from a resident of Laitumkhrah (name not disclosed for security reasons), Superintendent of Police (SP) M Kharkrang told reporters here.
Emotional DC WGH hits out at reports of pilferage
TURA/SHILLONG, Aug 05: A day after the sensational revelations made in a local newspaper against him, the former Deputy Commissioner (DC) of East Garo Hills (EGH) and current DC of West Garo Hills (WGH), Pravin Bakshi, has come out aggressively against the report, terming the same biased and baseless. Bakshi also lashed out at Vijay Kr Mantri, the current DC of EGH, terming him delinquent and accusing him of being behind the whole ‘explosive story’.
“The report is patently fabricated, false and manufactured and has been leaked by the DC, EGH, Mantri and is condemned by me. The documents to which the journalist is privy to has been leaked from the office of Deputy Commissioner, East Garo Hills, Vijay Kr Mantri, or he himself allegedly. It is a concocted report which had been framed by Vijay Mantri himself who now has been transferred out of the district on charges of corruption and nexus with militants,” Bakshi claimed in a statement issued to media houses on Tuesday.
SHILLONG, Aug 05: Following a contempt petition, the Meghalaya High Court on Tuesday issued notices to police officials of West Garo Hills (WGH) district including its Superintendent of Police (SP) asking them to file their affidavits within a period of four weeks time.
The contempt petition filed by one Nitu N Marak, who was arrested by the West Garo Hills District police on May last, was admitted by the court, sources said.
In her petition, Marak had alleged the SP of WGH of violating the Supreme Court judgment in D K Basu Vrs West Bengal government in 1992, in not following guidelines while arresting a person.