Meghalaya: NGOs lashes out at government's attitude on North Garo Hills firing!

Tura, Mar 20: NGOs in Tura  who are a part of the solidarity forum, has called a non cooperation movement in the district of East Garo Hills (EGH) on Mar 23 and 24 as the government has been adamant toward their demands.

The forum, which comprises of the GSU, GHSMC. FKJGP, AYWO, Mother Union and Labour Union of Resubelpara, had earlier held a public meeting today at Resubelpara in North Garo Hills on the ‘mistaken identity’ firing incident that had led to widespread arson of government property.

Areca nut traders Tubal A. Sangma and driver of the vehicle Janrak K. Sangma along with Milseng Sangma, all of who were residents of the town of Resubelpara were injured after what was allegedly an unprovoked case of firing by police personnel when their vehicle refused to stop at a police checkpoint. The incident occurred on Mar 6.

The incident led to police vehicles being torched along with the Resubelpara PS being set on fire.

The three injured had been rushed to Guwahati for treatment with all three of them currently coming back to normal. The incident was widely condemned by the NGOs and people of the region, with various protests being held demanding the suspension of the police officers involved as well as the transfer of Dalton P Marak, superintendent of police of NGH.

The state government had earlier promised a judicial inquiry into the matter after the slew of protests as well as demands from the opposition. A magisterial inquiry has also begun, leading to the suspension of two policemen.

Explaining the reason for the protests to be held in EGH, Nikman Ch Marak, the GHSMC chairman said, “In the meeting, we came to know that the government is adamant to the demand made by the public and thus decided on a protest in EGH on the dates mentioned from 5 am to 5 pm.”

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