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RTI activist brutally assaulted in coal-belt area in Meghalaya

IANS  |  Shillong 

women's rights activist, Agnes Kharshiing, and her two companions were brutally assaulted in a coal belt area in Meghalaya's East Hills district on Thursday.

Medical officials at the said that Kharshiing is in a critical condition with cut injuries on her skull bone.

Her companion also suffered severe injuries besides their E Kurbah, who is also para legal volunteer. Both are admitted in NEIGRIHMS

"A group of 30-40 people, including women who are mostly dealing with coal trade, attacked us at Lum Sohshrew area around the coal depots after Kharshiing went and lodged a complaint at the on the and of coal in the district," Kurbah said.

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

"We were waylaid by a three to four vehicles and they later dragged us out of the vehicle. They snatched away our They kicked and punched us and Kharshiing was hit by a log from behind. It was a scary incident. I managed to escape from the scene after pleading with the attackers to leave me alone. I informed police personnel at Lad Jowai," Kurbah said.

R Chandranathan, who took over as police on Thursday, told IANS that he has directed the local police to register a case and bring the perpetrators to book.

"A of the rank of of Police will investigate the incident," Chandranathan said.

The attack on Kharshiing, who is also the of Civil Society Women's Organisation, an influential women's group, was the second attack on in East Hills district.

On March 19 this year, activist, Poipynhun Majaw, who was the of the was attacked and found murdered in Khliehriat, the district headquarters of East

Meanwhile, Minister strongly condemned the incident of attack on and her team.

"We have issued necessary directions to the police and district administration to investigate the matter and arrest those behind the attack. Civil Society plays an important role in a democratic system as they are instrumental in highlighting the concerns of the people." Sangma said in a statement.

"Violence in any form will not be tolerated and the government will take all necessary steps to ensure that those behind the attack are brought to justice," the statement said.



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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 23:12 IST