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Cong leader paid cash to UTPs
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUN 9:
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Published on 10 Jun. 2009 12:55 AM IST
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Even as Meghalaya government gave a clean chit to Congress leader Thomas Nongtdu, the paramour of slain jailbreak ringleader Fullmoon Dhar, Evatiplang Kharkongor Tuesday came out with more confessions about the direct involvement of Nongtdu in the recent Shillong jailbreak. Nongtdu, a Coal baron-turned politician was arrested on June 4 on the basis of Kharkongor’s revelation to the police that the Congress leader had aided monetary help to Fullmoon before the high-profile Shillong jailbreak. However, the Meghalaya government dropped all the criminal charges against the arrested Congress’ member of the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC), Thomas Nongtdu. “How can they drop all the charges against Nongtdu? When Nongtdu himself gave Rs three lakhs to Fullmoon’s and others escaped from this jail,” Kharkongor told journalists at Shillong jail. Kharkongor, arrested on June 1 on charges of aiding and abetting in the recent high-profile jailbreak, revealed that she had collected three lakhs from Nongtdu on three occasions on Fullmoon’s request. “In one the three occasions, Nongtdu gave me Rs one lakh in the official premises of Chief Minister DD Lapang,” she claimed, adding that she helped Fullmoon after he had assured her that he would help in restoring the ancestral property at her Umsawli village which the state government had encroached upon. Kharkongor also alleged that arrested jail warder Tobias Dkhar had accompanied her during the three meetings with Nongtdu. “He knows me very well and why does he want to escape from the entire controversy”, she asked. Kharkongor also expressed concern over the manner in which the Congress leader was released and charges against him were dropped by the government. Criticizing the stand odf the government, Kharkongor said, it is now clear that the law is only meant for the poor and not for the rich and those who have wealth.

 
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