Meghalaya: Alleged dacoits attack vehicle on NH–62 in East Garo Hills
Reports of a gang of dacoits attacking vehicles along National Highway-62 have been doing the rounds on social media after photos of the windshield of a car that was attacked surfaced on January 26.
While no police complaint has been filed by the victims of the attack, the owner of the vehicle (identity withheld) informed that he had communicated with the Wageasi and Dainadubi outposts following the incident.
According to reports, the incident took place near the Tamsura village between East Garo Hills and North Garo Hills districts.
According to the owner, they were on their way back from Williamnagar around 6:00 pm when a group of dacoits tried to stop them and demanded money from the group.
When they tried to escape from the attackers, the dacoits threw stones at the car, damaging the windshield.
However, none of the passengers sustained injuries.
“This happened at the extreme border between two districts. People with the torch being shined to our faces tried to stop the car, but when I refused to do so, they damaged the front of the car. There was no physical damage done to the people, but my car has been junked,” said the owner.
As they did not report the case, police stated that their “hands are tied in the matter.”
Meanwhile, on being contacted, the East Garo Hills SP was unavailable to give any comment.
However, North Garo Hills (NGH) SP Abraham T Sangma was unavailable to comment on the matter.
“Patrolling is being taken up on the highway regularly. However, better coordination might help improve the situation and ensure such incidents can be stopped,” Sangma said.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)