Two KSU activists arrested for murder of Assam trader

Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 24 | Publish Date: 3/24/2020 12:25:30 PM IST

In what can be termed as a major breakthrough, two Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) activists have been arrested by Meghalaya police  on Monday in connection with the murder of a Assam-based vegetable vendor at Iewduh in Shillong last month, police said on Tuesday.

The two activists- Malajied Khongbuh and Landin Nongkynrih- were arrested allegedly for the murder of a 29-year old vegetable, Rupchand Dewan, on February 29 at Iewduh, the main market in Meghalaya.

“The police had left no stone unturned in meticulously collecting evidence and statements from eyewitness, and during the last three weeks, were able to collate all evidences to identify the perpetrators of this heinous crime,” Superintendent of Police for East Khasi Hills district, Claudia Lyngwa said. Following the arrest of one accused who also confessed to have committed the crime along with three other accomplices, Claudia Lyngwa said the second accused was arrested on his lead.     

“We are on the lookout for the remaining two who have been identified and will be arrested shortly,” Lyngwa said. Khongbuh is the publicity secretary of KSU’s Jaiaw Circle and Nongkynrih is the executive member of KSU’s Mawkhar Circle. The attack on Dewan and more than half-dozen non-tribal traders was the backlash following death of a KSU member Lurshai Hynniewta after he was attacked by non-tribals at Ichamati village near Shella in East Khasi Hills district on February 28.

The clash occurred after an anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act and demand to implement Inner Line Permit rally at Ichamati organised by KSU and Federation of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo People’s.

Dewan, son of Ibrahim Dewan, was a resident of Muslimpara in Borbila under Assam’s Barpeta district. 


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