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Meghalaya minister promises swift action in attack on woman activist

IANS  |  Shillong 

on Saturday promised swift action in the murderous assault on frontline women's activist in the coal belt area in East Hills district.

Concerned citizens from all walks of life on Saturday staged a protest near the additional state Secretariat, and demanded an independent inquiry into the murderous attack on Kharshiing and her Amita

"I assure you that the government will take swift action and will be bringing the guilty to justice. A case has been registered and two persons have been placed under arrest and the investigation is going on," told journalists.

Kharshiing is the of an influential (CSWO).

The cut short his family vacation to and arrived in Shillong this morning in view of the murderous attacks. He visted the injured at the and (NEIGRIHMS).

On Thursday, Kharshiing along with 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.

Asked if the government supported the demand of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) for either a CBI or judicial probe into the attacks, Sangma said, "The police department is equipped to handle the case. We have already nabbed two suspects. So, we are quite hopeful that things will progress and we will be able to crack the case very soon."

Refusing to comment on the alleged nexus between coal mafia and the that has led to the attack on the activist, Sangma said, "I don't want to comment on speculation or anything like that."

"But we are seriously looking into this matter (alleged nexus between coal mafia and state police) whether it comes in the form of a judicial probe or magisterial inquiry. We are very serious about getting into the root of it," he said.

Meanwhile, officials at the NEIGRIHMS said that Kharshiing, was still in a "critical condition and on life support" while her Sangma is stable.

"Kharshiing is still on ventilator. She has multiple injuries but her pulse and blood pressure are normal so far. Sangma condition is stable. She is conscious and speaking," NEIGRIHMS told IANS.



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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 20:50 IST