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2 arrested for murder attempt on Meghalaya rights activist

2 arrested for murder attempt on Meghalaya rights activist
Agnes Kharshiing (file)
Correspondent Shillong, Nov 9 | Publish Date: 11/9/2018 12:02:13 PM IST

Two people were arrested on Friday in connection with the murder attempt on a women’s rights activist Agnes Kharshiing and two other persons in East Jaintia Hills district, police said.

BJYM has demanded a CBI or judicial probe into the attack on Kharshiing and her aides.

The suspects, Elphon Dkhar and Meklison Siangshai, were arrested in Kongong area in a pre-dawn raid. “A suo moto case was taken up by police since the victims are not in position to file an FIR as they are in a serious condition. We are interrogating the two arrested persons and a manhunt is on to arrest the other attackers,” Sylvester Nongtnnger, the police chief of East Jaintia Hills, said.

Meanwhile, officials at the NEIGRIHMS said that the activist, Kharshiing, was still in a “critical condition” while the other two persons -- her aide Amita Sangma and their driver E. Kurbah -- were stable. “We demand from the state government to institute a CBI or judicial probe into the attack and also to find out if there is a conspiracy between Coal Mafia and authorities (police or politicians) to instigate and provoke the mob,” BJYM president, Egenstar Kurkalang said. BJYM also asked the government to provide free medical treatment to Kharshiing and her aide Amita Sangma.

Meanwhile, several political and non-governmental organisation leaders, including leader of opposition Mukul Sangma and former Meghalaya home minister Robert Garnett Lyngdoh, have condemned the attack on Kharshiing and her aides. Meghalaya State Commission for Women Chairperson, Theilin Phanbuh has also condemned the attack.

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