Shillong, May 10: The Supreme Court has ordered a stay on the proceedings of inquiry by State Level Scrutiny Committee (SLSC) constituted to probe into the Scheduled Tribe status of Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma.
In its order on Friday, a four- judge bench comprising Chief Justice RM Lodha, Justice AK Patnaik, Justice K Balakrishnan and Justice SS Nijjar directed Meghalaya government to put a halt to the inquiry commissioned by the SLSC till disposal of the petitions.
The order read “Further proceedings before the State Level Scrutiny Committee shall remain stayed”.
Tura, May 10: 8 people, travelling from Rongram to Phulbari, were on Saturday attacked by 4 men in Tebronggre in West Garo Hills, about 30 kms from the district head quarter of Tura. The vehicle was stopped by the four with country made guns and the loot was perpetrated by them at gun point. In the ensuing melee, one person was also hurt, four were let off and the location of the remaining three could not be ascertained.
SHILLONG, May 09: The release of NGOs members arrested during the Inner Line Permit (ILP) agitations depends on the Court following the State government’s decision to revoke the Meghalaya Prevention Detention Act (MPDA).
The state government revoked the MPDA under which the arrested members of the NGOs were booked to facilitate the NGOs demand; however, the NGOs will have to move the Court for their release, a senior official from the home department informed on Friday.
SHILLONG, May 09: A Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) militant managed to give police a slip while his associate was arrested during an operation on Friday night in Pyndengsohsaw area in South West Khasi hills district.
During the operation, the police team came across two HNLC militants travelling on a motorcycle who were planning to go down to Bangladesh, a senior police official said. He said, on seeing the police party at a place called Ladbakli, the duo immediately jumped off from the bike.
As a result, the militant identified as Wansing Mylliem Umlong from Pyndengsohsaw managed to escape taking advantage of the thick jungle nearby, but his colleague identified as Moh was arrested. Police have also seized the bike.
District administration institutes Magisterial Inquiry
Tura, May 09: In a huge case of human rights violation by none than the NGOs themselves, 12 girls were on Thursday night rescued from their custody by villagers. The 12 girls had been held captive for eight days by the ‘activists’ in the rented residence of Jaynie Ningring N. Sangma at Danakgre, in the outskirt of Tura town, and have severe bruises marks on their lower body parts.
The teenagers were allegedly picked up by the NGOs activists from their residences on the allegation that they were indulging in “illegal sex trade”. Interestingly, they were taken away to be counseled by members of the Church.
Shillong, May 09: ANVC(B) Friday said if the government finds it difficult to find suitable land for its camps in Khasi Hills, than it will suggest land for the proposed camps which can be approved by the Government.
“The proposed land will in no way belong to the Khasis. There are lakhs of Garos living in Khasi Hills who own Akhings under the name of Garo Clans and are governed by the system of Garo Nokmaship,” ANVC(B) Publicity Secretary, Doang Shira, said in a statement here adding that KHADC has never accessed these areas.
Agartala/Aizawl, May 09 (IANS): The Bru tribals who have take refuge in Tripura are reluctant to return to their homes in Mizoram. They accuse the Mizoram government of not ensuring their security and livelihood, an official said Friday.
A Triupra district administration official said refugee leaders told the Supreme Court Special Commissioner Harsh Mander that if the Mizoram government ensures their security and livelihood, they have no problem in returning to their villages.