JSU night road blockade turns fatal

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Jowai, Aug 27: The second night of the night road blockade called by the Jaintia Students Union turned fatal as one Biren Malik who worked as a Lathe machinist in Myndihati suffered 90 percent burns on his body as a hurled petrol bomb exploded inside the truck that he and three others were travelling in.
The incident took place around 9 pm on Wednesday at New Hill, Jowai, as the truck was coming towards Jowai from Myndihati.
Malik succumbed to his injuries on Thursday at 4:40 pm. He was travelling as a passenger in the truck and heading for Guwahati.
Debashish Das and Pradeep Talukdar who were travelling in the truck suffered 75 and 30 percent burns respectively.
Both have been shifted to Silchar.
The driver, however, sustained minor burns on his foot.
The victims were all treated at the Jowai Civil Hospital.
An FIR has been filed by the owner of the truck against the JSU in this regard.
According to hospital records, the deceased was aged 40 and his last known address was Guwahati.
Two other FIRs were filed, one by the District Administration over the pelting of stones at the DC’s office, Jowai building, and the other by the Ummulong Beat House over stone pelting in their jurisdiction.
According to sources around 12 PM two more trucks were hit by petrol bombs at Ialong but fortunately due to heavy rains the petrol bombs were rendered ineffective.
Thirteen other vehicles were pelted with stones at Moodymai which stopped the flow of traffic towards Jowai.
In the 7 and 8 stretch of the highway all vehicles stopped in light of the situation.
Three JSU members, Hamjhan Siangshai, president JSU Lumshnong unit, Charles Nehlang and Divider Lamare were arrested by police at Lumshnong.
According to the SP M.K. Singh, the three are being interrogated and are currently in police custody.
A case is being constructed against them.
The president of the JSU, E. Pale in a statement urged the public to stay indoors for the night public curfew set for the 28th and 29th of this month and also asked for their cooperation.
In a statement, the JSU condemned the petrol bomb attack and stated that the incident was perpetrated by unknown individuals who took advantage of the situation.
The JSU also claimed that it did not instruct its member to cause harm or injury to anyone.



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