TNT | Williamnagar | February 19, 2018
As poll bound Meghalaya approaches closer to election date, reports came in that unknown assailants attacked a vehicle carrying Jonathone N Sangma, an NCP candidate from Williamnagar along with 5 others at Denanggre in East Garo Hills at around 7.30 pm today.
Initially, official sources were yet to confirm whether he died or survived the gruesome attack, sources on the ground later reported that the candidate lost his life along with 3 others which took place today evening. Jonathone was traveling in white Scorpio.
As per a statement issued by Williamnagar SP R Momin, 4 vehicles including a Scorpio in which the deceased candidate was traveling was found at the scene of the crime. Four bodies were found on the spot among which NCP candidate was one of the deceased. The other three bodies are yet to be identified. Three people were also found to be injured along with one police personnel. The sources also reported that the number of injured people may amount to more. The injured were rushed to Williamnagar Civil Hospital for treatment.
Following the death of the NCP candidate, condolences poured in from many while condemning the barbaric act.
“We strongly condemn the incident and we stand by Jonathane’s family at this moment. These incidents shouldn’t take place in a state like Meghalaya”, said Vincent Pala, working president of Meghalaya Congress Unit, and Lok Sabha MP from Shillong.
“It is sad that such an incident has happen in Meghalaya during election. I express my condolence to the bereaved family”, said Conrad K. Sangma, NPP chief, and Lok Sabha MP from Tura.
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma also took to Facebook to express himself:
The NCP candidate, who stood second the last election, was one of the front runners this time as well until his untimely demise. He had been threatened by the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) numerous times along with his workers with sources pointing to his workers being beaten up by miscreants when they were canvassing for him this time.
Sources also said that posters had been put up by the outfit at various locations across the town warning people from supporting the NCP candidate.
In 2013 too, the GNLA had threatened to attack people supporting Jonathone Sangma and had also floated posters threatening them. He had previously also received similar threats from the outfit.
It may be mentioned that he had filed a case in 2013 against Congress leader Deborah C. Marak for using militants to threaten him during election.
Jonathone was traveling in Scorpio, along with his driver and the two security personnel.
What is also shocking is that there was no official confirmation on the incident for almost 4 hours despite the gravity of the act and the impact it is likely to have on upcoming elections not only in Williamnagar but also in Songsak where workers of the CM, Dr Mukul M Sangma have also been allegedly threatened by the GNLA.