TURA, Feb 11: Monday’s attack on a Government official who was on his way to report for field duty has left a huge question on the lips of those affected by militancy within the Garo Hills region.
Is the Dr Mukul Sangma led government serious about its commitment to peace or is it leaving too many loopholes in its fight to end militancy within the region? The answer for now is not looking very bright for a region that has been struggling to maintain its sanity in the face of an aggression that just does not want to recede.
New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS): A 22-year-old youth from Manipur was stabbed and robbed here early Tuesday, in the third incident in a fortnight of a person from the northeast being targeted. Four juveniles have been apprehended for their involvement in the incident that was not "racially motivated", police said.
Manipuri youth Khupsiangen was returning to his Paryavaran Complex home in south Delhi's Mehrauli area from a church nearby when he was attacked around 3.30 a.m., barely 500 metres from his home.
TURA, Feb 11: The rape of a mentally and physically challenged woman in the village of Bekongre, near Chibinang in West Garo Hills, has shocked the entire region. The woman, aged about 35, was apparently raped last Friday allegedly by the driver of a vehicle, Sulaiman Rehman (about 30 years of age), who immediately absconded after the act along with the vehicle.
Relating the incident, the brother of the victim said, “We were all away from home as we went to attend the Sobha in Damal Asim. Only my younger sister and my elder sister (who was raped) were home. My younger sister went to the nearby river to take a bath. Rehman barged into the house and forcefully set himself on my handicapped sister. It was only after we were back from the Sobha that we came to know of the incident”.
SHILLONG, Feb 10: With the last date of filing nominations having ended on Monday, a total of 123 candidates have filed their nomination papers for the forthcoming District Council Elections to the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and 101 candidates for the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) slated on February 24.
The scrutiny of the papers also completed on the same day.
Shillong, Feb 11: Suspected GNLA militants on Tuesday night detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Energy Petrol Pump near Williamnagar Mini-Super Market, East Garo Hills.
The IED went off at about 9.30 pm. The bomb was detonated by a wire and battery from about 30 - 40 meters.
Fortunately, there was no casualty as the petrol pump had already closed down.
However, one of pump machine was slightly damaged.
Police are investigating into the incident. Till the filing of this report, no outfit had claimed the responsibility for the IED blast.
SHILLONG, Feb 11: The implementation of delimitation of constituencies has put many electorates for the KHADC and JHADC election 2014 into dilemma. Voters from at least three localities have come forward to express their quandary.
Speaking to reporters, voters from the three localities of Mawlai – Mawdatbaki village, namely, Mali-1, Mali-2 and Mali-3, said the recent delimitation notification has brought division within the village.
BAGHMARA, Feb 10: In another attack on people from the administration of South Garo Hills, the Project Director of SGH, Ashish M Sangma was attacked by GNLA militants while he was one his way from Tura to Baghmara to attend his duties.
The daring attack happened at about 11:45 am on Tuesday afternoon in Rongdotchi village, around 6 kms from Shibbari, which lies about 28 kms from the district head quarter of Baghmara. There were only two people in the vehicle when it was attacked, the driver along with the PD.