Meghalaya Gov lauds NPP’s stand on attack of public servant and property

Correspondent Shillong, Jun 13 | Publish Date: 6/13/2020 10:37:08 AM IST

Meghalaya Governor, Tathagata Roy on Saturday lauded the stand of the State government  for terming people involved in assaulting an engineer and vandalising public property as “goondas”.

 “The warning by the Deputy Chief Minister is both topical and timely,” Roy tweeted, adding that "no NGO, however well-intentioned, can be allowed to usurp the functions of lawful authority like the police."

"No such authority can outsource its functions to any NGO. No one but such authority can lay its hands on a citizen of India,” Roy added. On Friday, Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong said individuals responsible for damage to public property will have to pay for damage caused by them.

"These sort of people are trouble makers with nothing worthwhile to do. The government won't sit quiet in the interest of the State," Tynsong said while reacting to the recent assault of an engineer and hurling of a petrol bomb on National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) office in Shillong and setting on fire a vehicle of the State's Social Welfare department.

"People who indulge in acts of violence and arson are not part of any social organisations," the Deputy Chief Minister said even as he lauded the various NGOs in the state for working together with the State government in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, the NHIDCL office in Shillong was attacked with a petrol bomb while a vehicle of a government official was torched at Mawkyrwat, the district headquarters of South West Khasi Hills.

However, no one was injured in these two separate incidents. The attack on the NHIDCL comes close on the heels after an NHIDCL engineer Sujit Kumar Singh and his driver who were assaulted by a group of about 10-12 unidentified persons at Nonglang village in South West Khasi Hills district on June 7.

One Rutherford Lyngdoh, who is the General Secretary of the Khasi Students' Union Mawkyrwat Circle, was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the assault of the NHIDCL engineer and a man-hunt is on to nab the other co-accused. 

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