Meghalaya: NGOs’ call for closure of shops in Tura ends in failure

TURA: Reactions and emotions continue to pour in, days after the death of teenage boy, Sengat Sangma from Tura even as the district administration is keeping a close watch on the law and order situation in Tura to ensure that these reactions and emotion are not translated into violent actions.

The announcement made by the Garo-Hills based NGOs to call for total shut down of shops and establishments from 5am to 5pm on October 19 in Tura to condole death of a teenager, didn’t however pleased the district administration who refused to grant permission owing to fact that a compliance would mean violating the high court order.

In view of the situation, the district administration on Tuesday afternoon had directed traders and shopkeepers to open their shops as per the order of the High Court. “We made the traders aware of the directions of the HC and position of the administration with respect to any bandh was made clear that to ensure the safe and security, liberty and free movement of the people,” said the DC Pravin Bakshi on Tuesday.

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Meanwhile, he also informed that all steps taken by us and police, including magisterial inquiry, police departmental inquiry and assured that no culprits would be spared.

“The order of the district administration of West Garo Hills is an attempt to alienate the Tribals and non tribals of Tura to present a different picture of the whole incident to protect their own officials and the culprits,” alleged GSU president Tengsak Gabil Momin.

Despite the clash of interests between the NGOs and district administration in West Garo Hills, the situation in Tura is under normal condition and almost 70-90 percent of the shops are opened. “The situation is normal and daily lives are not affected. Institutions, offices and many shops remained open since morning,” West Garo Hills SP Mukesh Kumar said on Wednesday.

However, unhappy with the turn of events, the GSU on Wednesday expressed its displeasure alleging the District Administration and the police of projecting a one-sided attitude in the case of the murder of Late Sengat Sangma and the events that transpired thereafter.

It was on October 13, when Sengat Sangma and his two friends were assaulted by some miscreants at Rishipara. It was alleged that the police who arrived at the scene arrested the three youth instead of the assaulters and detained them the whole night instead of admitting him in hospital despite his grievous injuries which subsequently led to the death of Sengat Sangma.

The GSU also alleged that despite being brought to the acknowledgement of the Administration about the nefarious activities such as illicit liquor sale, drugs peddling and prostitution the Police and the Administration has not taken any action against those criminals, “Instead the whole Rishipara is enjoying police protection since the incident till date,” Momin alleged.

Furthermore, the GSU accused the district administration and police of projecting an indifferent attitude towards the tribals alleging the latter of supporting the cause of the non-tribals over the tribals.

“The approach to the path of right and wrong is being diluted in a panicky reaction to the situation which could have been controlled had the nefarious activities carried out in Rishipara was nipped in the bud, instead of a conciliatory response the administration panics and responses on a war footing to a simple request i.e. a mark of condolence and condemnation,” said the GSU president.

(TNT News)

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