Friday, December 2, 2022

One held for violence at Shillong rally: Meghalaya CM


Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Monday said one person was arrested in connection with the assault and vandalism during a rally here.
The chief minister also said stern action would be taken against those involved in the violence at the rally taken out against unemployment on Friday.
“One person has been arrested and three FIRs have been lodged in connection with the violence. A large number of people have been identified and necessary action is going to be taken against them,” Sangma told journalists here.
At least three persons were injured and some vehicles damaged as clashes broke out at the rally organised by the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP).
The chief minister also said that the injured were given necessary treatment.
The group had organised the rally demanding that the state government fill up vacant posts in various departments and offer other employment opportunities to youth.
Pointing out that he had reviewed the law and order situation, he said two-three vehicles were “slightly” damaged in the incident.
“We have reviewed the entire situation and directed the police to take action. Necessary arrangements and standard operating procedures (SOPs) that need to be made in future were also discussed at a meeting,” he added.
The chief minister said when permission is given to hold a rally, the organisers are expected to follow certain norms.
Meanwhile, the East Khasi Hills district administration has issued a show-cause notice to FKJGP for allegedly failing to abide by the conditions for holding the rally.

No permission for public rallies. District authorities in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills on Monday decided not to give permission to hold public rallies in the state capital following last Friday violence.
The decision was taken during the review meeting on the prevailing law and order situation chaired by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma in presence of Home department officials, Director General of Police, L.R.Bishnoi and senior officials from East Khasi Hills district.
Several passer-by, motorists, including a journalist were assaulted by the rallyists during the “unemployment rally” sponsored by the Federation of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP).
In fact, the district administration and the police have receives flak for allowing the rally during peak school and office hours and then the failure of the police to take action against those who took law into their hands.
“We have decided to not allow holding of rallies in the state capital,” a top official informed.
The district administration has always given permission to such rallies in the past. But Friday’s violence has made the district administration to rethink on its policy.
According to officials, the Deputy Commissioner gave the FKJGP permission to hold the rally with clear instruction that it should be held peacefully and any untoward incident that stems from the rally would be the responsibility of the organiser.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said the violence “came as a surprise” as “there was trust” the organization would hold it peacefully.
He said many responsible for the violence have been identified and action would be taken.
Meanwhile, the State police said that they are still investigating into last Friday’s violence, but said one person was arrested from Laban who was responsible for shutting down shops in the area.
“We have registered three cases against unidentified assaulters for the unprovoked violence,” a police official said.

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