Tuesday, August 9, 2022

M’laya BJP seeks Governor’s intervention on harassment


Meghalaya BJP president Ernest Mawrie on Monday called on Governor Satya Pal Malik and sought his intervention on the alleged police harassment of BJP workers following the arrest of his party vice-president Bernard N. Marak, who is accused of running a sex racket from his farmhouse
Mawrie also demanded for an independent judicial inquiry into the case related to Marak after removing Vivekanand Singh Rathore, the district police chief and Deputy Commissioner Swapnil Tembe, the district magistrate of West Garo Hills.
The former militant leader-turned politician is currently being interrogated by the police on charges of running a brothel from his farmhouse at Edenbari in West Garo Hills district.
However, the BJP has alleged that the police was harassing its party workers after police raided the farmhouse on July 22. The police said that they had summoned certain individuals relating to the case and denied “harassing” people.
“Meghalaya is witnessing political vendetta, a first of its kind in the state. Thus I fear, will set a politically vindictive trend in our state. Terrorising opposition and smaller state party workers is nothing but suffocating our very own democratic principles,” Mawrie noted in a letter to Malik.
The BJP president, however, informed the Governor that the “BJP will not succumb to pressure tactics and shall continue to raise its voice and concern over sensitive issues of financial irregularities in the state. “
“The status of being a coalition partner or the opposition shall not influence our stance on corruption,” Mawrie, whose party is supporting the Conrad Sangma-led government, said. Mawrie said the Governor has assured him to look into the matter and will recommend the state government to go for an independent judicial inquiry.
Meanwhile, the BJP workers staged a state-wide protest in the party office demanding safety of Marak while in police custody and to stop harassment of BJP workers.

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