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Meghalaya rights activist injured in coal mafia attack

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

rights activist suffered after she was allegedly attacked by a group of people suspected to be belonging to the in East Hills district on Thursday, police said.

The activist and her companion had reportedly gone to capture photographs of in the district and were stopped by the miscreants on their way back, a senior police said.

Kharshiing, 58, was intercepted and accosted near Tuber Sohshrieh at around 1.30 pm, where she was found in an unconscious state, he said.

"Kharshiing was found injured and she was rushed to the civil hospital in West Hills district," the said.

condemned the incident and asked police to nab the culprits behind the assault.

"We have issued necessary directions to the police and the district administration to investigate the matter and arrest those behind the attack," Sangma said in a statement.

He said 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 activist's companion also received in the attack and she is undergoing treatment at the hospital, police said.

Kharshiing has been referred to the and Medical Sciences for further treatment, where her condition is being evaluated, the said.

The opposition has also denounced the incident and urged the administration to strictly deal with those behind the attack.

Thursday's incident is the second such attack in the state this year.

In March, an activist was found murdered in East Hills district.

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 20:10 IST