From Our Correspondent
Tura, February 19, 2018
The people of Garo Hills region stand united once again with every citizen of the area coming out with open condemnation of the heinous act involving the murder of the NCP candidate from Williamnagar, Jonathone N Sangma last evening in an IED blast.
Anger against the politically motivated killing by suspected cadres of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) led to a rally against the act by residents of Willimanagar, who were joined by residents of all corners of Garo Hills region.
Jonathone Sangma was killed near the village of Sawilgre under Samanda Block in East Garo Hills while returning from an election campaign along with his supporters when their vehicle came under attack from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The blast led to the death of four people, including Jonathone, a former GNLA commander, Nikam Ch Momin, a 12th standard student and a policeman who was providing security at about 7:50 pm last evening, were all killed in the blast.
Three others, who were injured in the blast have been rushed to Guwahati due to critical nature of their injuries.
The condemnation of the act was led by Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, who in an election meeting at Songsak today, began his speech condemning the act while also stating that there seemed to prevail no law and order in the state.
“The killing of a candidate for the assembly elections is a barbarous and cowardly act which must be condemned by all because this kind of reign of terror will have disastrous consequences for Garo Hills. This fratricidal act is a very unfortunate trend which must be nipped in the bud. The guilty must be penalized and brought to justice,” said Tengsak G Momin, the GSU president while passing on his condolences to the family of the victims.
The words were echoed by the combined NGOs of Williamnagar, East Garo Hills who also sought for the guilty to be brought to book. The NGOs also demanded an independent inquiry into the matter so that the killings could be unraveled.
“The people cannot be dictated by their cowardly acts. Everyone has the right to stand in an election or choose their leader and no one has the right to tell us whom to vote and whom not to,” said the NGOs in a release.
The All Garo Hills SSA School Teachers’ Association (AGHSSASTA) too came down heavily on the murder of the four.
Social media went into a frenzy immediately after news of the killing surfaced with most questioning what patriotism had to do with such a dastardly act.
“How can they call themselves patriots and who are they fighting for when they are killing our own brethren. This façade of false patriotism needs to be pulled down and those behind caught and tried. How can they fight for ‘Garoland’ when they have the blood of innocent Garos in their hands,” said a social media post, echoing the feeling of anger that the entire Garo Hills feels right now.
Most are now asking for an inquiry either through the NIA or CBI to get behind the politico-militant nexus so that all those behind the unwarranted killing could be brought to justice.