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Injured Meghalaya women’s activist on life support; condition critical

Injured Meghalaya women’s activist on life support; condition critical
Agnes Kharshiing (File)
Correspondent Shillong, Nov 11 | Publish Date: 11/11/2018 11:05:37 AM IST

Meghalaya’s frontline women’s activist Agnes Kharshiing, who was brutally attacked by a mob, continues to be on life support system since Thursday and she is still in “critical condition”, hospital authorities at North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) said on Sunday.

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, who is currently on an European tour, informed Kharshiing’s family members that he is constantly monitoring the situation and has asked his team to update him regularly. He assured the family of all assistance from the government

Family sources said that office of the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, J.P. Nadda was in touch with NEIGRIMS authorities and have advised for all assistance to the injured Kharshiing and her aide Amita Sangma.

“Kharshiing is still on Ventilator and in a critical condition. Her condition is dynamic and can change with time,” NEIGRIMS spokesperson, K.K. Pandita said.

“Sangma is fully conscious and oriented. Taking orally and is able to converse normally,” he added.

Kharshiing, who is leading the powerful Civil Society Women’s Organisation, along with her aide Amita Sangma and their driver E. Kurbah were brutally assaulted by a group of some 40 people on November 8 at Tuber Sohshrieh area after the activist lodged a complaint on the illegal mining and transportation of coal in East Jaintia Hill district.

Of the 40 odd attackers, police arrested only two people from Kongong area on the next day of the dastardly attacks.

Meanwhile, Swaraj India Party has demanded an independent enquiry to probe the case and the alleged nexus between the coal smugglers and police.

The party asked the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to make sure the perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted and also ensure that the case is expedited to prevent further criminal activity leading to loss of lives.

The Geneva-based Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) too has demanded an immediate, full and impartial investigation into the cases and prosecution of the attackers.

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