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2 arrested for murder attempt on Meghalaya rights activist

IANS  |  Shillong 

Two people were arrested on Friday in connection with the murder attempt on a women's rights activist and two other persons in Meghalaya's East Hills district, police said.

The suspects, and Meklison Siangshai, were arrested in Kongong area in a pre-dawn raid.

"A suo moto case was taken up by police since the victims are not in position to file an FIR as they are in a serious condition. We are interrogating the two arrested persons and a manhunt is on to arrest the other attackers," Sylvester Nongtnnger, the of East Hills, told IANS.

Meanwhile, officials at the (NEIGRIHMS) said that the activist, Agnes Kharshiing, was still in a "critical condition" while the other two persons -- her and their -- were stable.

"Kharshiing is on ventilator. The condition of the other two is stable," NEIGRIHMS Spokesperson, said.

On Thursday, Kharshiing, who is also the of Society Women's Organisation (CSWO), alongwith Sangma and Kurbah were brutally assaulted by a group of some 40 people after the activist lodged a complaint on the and of coal in the district.

The (NGT) had ordered an interim ban on "rat-hole" in from April 17, 2014, after the and the filed an application before it alleging that the water of the was turning acidic due to in the Hills.

Meanwhile, several political and non-governmental organisation leaders have condemned the attack on Kharshiing and her aides.

"I condemn the attack on Kong and Amita Sangma, the other member of the CSWO, today by criminals in the strongest terms possible and pray for her complete recovery. I urge the authorities to waste no time and ensure the arrest of the criminals and their prosecution as per the law," of Opposition Mukul Sangma said.

Former said the attack on Kharshiing shows the "seriousness of the of coal in Jaintia Hills".

group (TUR) said: "This cowardly attack on one of the leading anti corruption human rights activist of clearly points to the impunity with which mafias are operating in the state under political patronage."

The attack on Kharshiing was the second such incident on a in the district.

On March 19, activist Poipynhun Majaw, who was the of the Jaintia Youth Federation, was found murdered in Khliehriat, the district headquarters of East

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 12:46 IST
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