Monday, February 6, 2023

Protestors burn effigies of Shah, Sarma & Sangma


Five pressure groups under the banner of ‘Save Hynniewtrep Mission’ (SHM) on Saturday gheraoed the official residence of Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma in protest against the gunning down of five civilians by Assam Police at Mukroh in West Jaintia hills district on November 22.
Another pressure group Hynniewtrep Integrated Territorial Organisation (HITO) held a peaceful candle light vigil at the State Central Library premises in memory of the five civilians killed in the firing.
Chief Minister Sangma was inside the bungalow when the protestors gathered outside the gate and raised slogans against Chief Minister Sangma, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Union Home Amit Shah. Security forces put up barricades in front of the main gate of the Chief Minister’s official residence, and ensured that no one could enter the campus.
There was a scuffle between the protesters and security forces and magistrates didn’t allow the protestors to burn effigies outside the gate of Chief Minister’s bungalow.
However, the protestors later burned the effigies of Union Home Minister, Meghalaya and Assam CMs and State Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui, near Orchid Hotel which is about 100 metres away from the gate of Chief Minister’s residence.
On the other hand, HITO which had wanted to take out a procession from Fire Brigade ground to Assam House at Dhankheti, held a candle light vigil at the State Central Library premises after the district administration disallowed them. Nonetheless, a tight security cover was placed outside Assam House to prevent any misadventure.
HITO however submitted a memorandum to the Resident Commissioner of Assam House, Shillong requesting that the Assam police beat house located near Mukroh be shut down for the time being.
“We urge and appeal to the Assam government to shut down the Forest Beat House located between Mukroh and Mokoilum for time being till peace and security come to normalcy while peace and boundaries issues on the process between the two neighbouring states,” the memorandum signed by HITO president Donbok Dkhar and General Secretary Wanbun N Dkhar said.
Seeking immediate intervention and initiative of the Assam Government to ensure peace and security in the boundary village, HITO informed that the residents from both states residing along the border are still in the position of harvesting crops and maintenance of peace and providing security is highly requested to avoid any unprecedented incident.
Meanwhile, visuals have surfaced from CCTV camera footage from Shillong Civil hospital in which protestors from the public meeting organized on Thursday by the Khasi Students’ Union and other NGOs barged into the hospital and assaulted a policeman inside.

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