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Meghalaya govt office torched
Correspondent SHILLONG, OCT 19:
Published on 19 Oct. 2009 11:02 PM IST
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A day before the three-night Khasi Students’ Union (KSU)-sponsored road blockade, a government office in Meghalaya state capital Shillong was set on fire by masked men. The incident occurred this morning when three masked men poured petrol inside the office of the Commandant of Civil Task Force before being set on fire. “At around 0630 hours, three masked men directed the office chowkidar to open the main door of the office, but on his refusal the miscreants broke the window pane and poured petrol inside the office and set it on fire,” Commandant of Meghalaya Civil Task Force, Swik Nongsiej told UNI. He said correspondence files and furniture of the offices were destroyed by the fire. The state police, which is investigating into today’s incident is suspecting the involvement of the Khasi Students’ Union behind the arson. “We are still investigating into the case, but preliminary investigation indicates that KSU activists were behind it,” East Khasi Hills district Superintendent of Police, LB Rapthap said. The recent KSU-sponsored road blockade turned violent with government vehicles being primary targets. As many as six vehicles were set ablaze by suspected KSU activists. The students’ body, spearheading the anti-uranium mining had called for another night road blockade starting from 2000 hours tomorrow till 0500 hours of the next day and will continue with similar timing on October 21 and 22. The KSU is agitating to put pressure on the state government to scrap the Uranium Corporation of India Limited-funded pre-developmental projects in uranium belts of the state.

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