ASWA demands better security in Garo Hills

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TURA, Feb 21: Following a spate of dacoities across the entire Garo Hills region, the A’chik Students Welfare Association (ASWA) has demanded better security measures for the area. The demand came through a memorandum that the Association had sent to the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma.

“We are deeply pained at the sudden rise in cases of dacoities after the commendable work done by your government to begin with. This has led to people now taking law into their own hands. Even Church and schools have become targets,” said president, Harley Davidon Sangma.

Giving the example of the Chanangpara incident where two people lost their lives on suspicion of being dacoits, ASWA said that the incident is setting the wrong example.

“Many have stated that the 3 people were innocent and two have lost their lives. A proper investigation needs to be done and the attackers must be punished. The families of the victims also need to be compensated for their loss,” said Sangma while adding that mob lynching needs to be stopped.

The ASWA has also asked for a review of the power shutdown as it opined that this being done during the late hours is giving criminals a free hand in their activities.

The student body expressed its hope the CM would take the matter seriously and ensure adequate security in the region.