Meghalaya Gov promises action in attack on activist

Meghalaya Gov promises action in attack on activist
Agnes Kharshiing
Correspondent Shillong, Nov 17 | Publish Date: 11/17/2018 12:07:15 PM IST

Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy on Saturday promised to take adequate action on the recent attack on a frontline women’s rights activist Agnes Kharshiing and her aide.  

“I will do whatever is necessary and whatever action I have to take. But more than that I am not at the liberty to say anything to you,” he told journalists replying to a query if he would write to the central government on the attacks on the two activists and the alleged illegal mining and transportation of coal in the state.

Moreover, Roy said that he will discuss with Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and the Director General of Police R Chandranathan on the matter.

On November 8, Kharshiing along with Sangma and Kurbah were brutally assaulted by a group of some 40 people after the activist lodged a complaint on the illegal mining and transportation of coal in the district. “This attack on Kharshiing and Sangma is a different matter altogether … and this will have to be handled as a law and order problem. There are vested interest who came to attacked them. Now the police will have to take adequate action,” Roy told journalists after visiting the activists at NEIGRIHMS hospital.

Asked if the incident should be probed by the CBI, Roy said, “law and order is a state subject and first it should be probed by the state government and only when there are circumstances which indicate that the government is failing in its duty, then the question of CBI can come.”

Kharshiing and Sangma have already filed a petition in the Meghalaya High Court demanding a probe by the CBI. The petitioners pleaded that the investigation was not being carried out in the real spirit. Moreover, the court has asked the investigating officer to file the latest status of the investigation and to remain present in the court along with the case diary on November 27.

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