Tura, May 12: The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has hit out at the police and District Administration (DA) for the arrest of the NGO members. Hinting at a political conspiracy behind the arrest, the outfit suggested the hand of an unnamed woman behind the whole episode and questioned the circulation of the photos of the girls on “Whatsapp” – a popular messaging network, terming it an attempt to malign the girls.
“The whole prostitution racket is complex and involves the DA and the police along with politicians and businessmen. They were afraid that the racket would be busted and trapped Jaynie Sangma and group”, said Savio Ch Marak, a sergeant of the GNLA, in a press statement on Monday here.
SHILLONG, May 12: To get to the root of the controversial Tura torture case where self – styled social activists had illegally detained twelve girls, including a pregnant woman, for a week and also allegedly tortured them, Meghalaya Government Monday constituted a High Level Inquiry Committee (HLIC) to be headed by State’s Social Welfare department Commissioner and Secretary MHK Marak. The Committee will submit its report within one month’s time from the day of its notification.
Shillong, May 12 (IANS): National People's Party supremo P.A. Sangma Monday met BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Gujarat and apprised him of the political situation and economic problems in the northeastern states.
"I have briefed him on the political situation in our northeastern states and on the need to improve the economic development in our region to ensure a peaceful atmosphere," Sangma said over phone from Gandhinagar.
"During my meeting with Modi I have stressed on the need to further improve bilateral relations with Bangladesh or Myanmar to boost economic and trade investment in the region," the former Lok Sabha Speaker said.
Tura, May 11: After the ban on devil worship announced by the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of West Garo Hills (WGH), Pravin Bakshi, five teens were arrested on Saturday for defying the ban. The five who hailed from the Ringregittim area of the town were arrested from the Upper Chandmary locality at about 10:30 am.
Shillong, May 12: The proscribed HNLC has announced that it will observe the 111th death anniversary of (L) Babu Jeebon Roy (1838-1903) who had helped in uplifting the educational and socio-economic status of the Hynñiewtrep (Khasi and Jaintia people).
Terming Babu Jeebon Roy an unsung Hynñiewtrep National Hero, the outfit urged the NGOs, Pressure groups and all citizens of Meghalaya not to forget him at any cost. The outfit also appealed to educational institutions to come up with methods to immortalize the name of Jeebon Roy into the minds of the youths.
One released, another attempt foiled
Tura, May 11: The growing menace of kidnappings within the plain belt of West Garo Hills (WGH) continues unabated with increasing numbers being reported from the area. There have been three people abducted in just two days.
On Saturday, 3 residents of Chibinang were kidnapped at gun point from a village called Tojongre when they went for their weekly market trade. On Sunday, a kidnapping bid was foiled by the Phulbari police after 3 kidnappers took another at gun point. The increasing frequency of kidnappings has left the residents of the region fearing for the worst.
Shillong, May 11: Taking a tough stand ANVC(B) has declared that it will not withdraw its demand for a camp in Khasi Hills. The outfit has also dared the opposing groups to come to Garo dominated areas to put forth their demand.
“ANVC(B) will not step back in its demand for a camp in Khasi Hills. No camp in Khasi Hills will mean no-solution. ANVC(B) is firm in its demand to have a camp in Khasi Hills,” the outfit’s publicity secretary Doang Shira said in a press communiqué on Sunday here.