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Two held for murder attempt on Meghalaya rights activist, BJYM for CBI probe

IANS  |  Shillong 

Two persons were arrested on Friday in the murder attempt on a women's rights activist, Agnes Kharshiing, and two others in Meghalaya's East Hills district.

Condemning the murder attempt on president, and her two aides at Sohshrieh, a coal belt area of East Hills district, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) has demanded a CBI or judicial probe.

"We demand a CBI or judicial probe into the attack and also to find out if there is a conspiracy between coal mafia and authorities (police or politicians) to instigate and provoke the mob," said.

The also asked the government to provide free medical treatment to Kharshiing and her

Demanding immediate arrest of the attackers, Kurkalang said, "All these problems (Thursday's attacks) have arisen from a ban on coal The government should speed up the policy in the best interest of the public and the society of "

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 a position to file an FIR as they are in a serious condition. We are interrogating the two accused and a manhunt is on to arrest the other attackers," said Sylvester Nongtnnger, of East Hills.

Meanwhile, officials at the (NEIGRIHMS) said was in a "critical condition" while the other two persons -- her and their E Kurbah -- were stable.

"Kharshiing is on ventilator. The condition of Sangma is stable, while the was discharged," NEIGRIHMS said.

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 filed an application before it alleging that the water of the was turning acidic due to in the

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

"The government should punish those responsible as per law," said State Commission for Women Chairperson

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



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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 22:18 IST