Battalion camp in the dark for three years

Tura, Feb 12: The police battalion camp in Megapgre in East Garo Hills has been reeling in darkness without electricity for the last three years, bringing untold miseries for the security forces of Meghalaya.

The shocking revelation came about after one of the policemen from the camp let his heart out on the matter explaining how they have been surviving since the past 3 years through complete negligence.

When a visit was paid to the same battalion camp, other policemen also revealed how they have been struggling through the entire time.

“During winters, the situation is still bearable but during the summer it gets beyond our limits. We do our essential duties between 6 pm and 11 pm as that is when the generator is turned on. Charging phones and essentials takes place only then,” said a policeman from the camp on the condition of anonymity.

The lack of electricity was made known to higher authorities by the policemen, though according to them, only assurances were given.

The camp houses over 200 policemen (of the 5th MLP battalion) and opened about 3 years ago. Ever since it began the entire police population in the camp has remained in the dark (literally). Most of the battalion however remains in Samgong under Williamnagar, which however has access to electricity.

A highly place source from the police department confirmed the development while adding that many complaint had been raised on the lack of electricity but nothing concrete has come about.

“For electricity to reach the camp, a transformer has to be installed. The purchase and installation of the transformer is what is causing the delay,” said the highly placed source.

“It is surprising to think that the government can’t even provide money for a transformer for those people who are responsible for our security. This is sending out the wrong message for sure. The situation should be rectified with immediate effect,” felt a Tura resident, SR Sangma.

Meanwhile, the deputy commissioner of East Garo Hills (EGH) played down the situation saying that the battalion was mainly functioning from Samgong.

“For the installation of the transformer, a certain amount has to be paid to MeECL. The police department will soon do so and once submitted the needful will be done,” stated the DC – an assurance that the policemen now hope will literally bring brighter days and nights.

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