SHILLONG, Nov 10: A protest rally to denounce the murderous attack on women rights and RTI activist, Agnes Kharshiing and her colleague, Anita Sangma has demanded an independent inquiry into the attack.
It may be mentioned that the protest rally was called to denounce the culture of violence, mining mafia and to demand for protection of the environment and human rights.
The protest rally was held at the Additional Secretariat Parking Lot.
Speaking at the rally former Home Minister Robert G Lyngdoh pointed out that the atttack on Kharshiing and Sangma shows that there is much more to the coal mining issue than what appears on the surface.
Lyngdoh called upon the state government to investigate the nexus between the coal miners, police, politicians and coal mine owners.
“It is for the government to ensure that all those who are involved in the crime are dealt with firmly,” Lyngdoh said.
He said that the state government after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on coal mining should have ensured that people who have lost their livelihood be given opportunities to learn other trades.
He also question ever since NGT banned coal mining in 2014, the question of being engaged in the same trade does not arise.
Meanwhile, Angela Rangad of the Thma U Rangli (TUR) questioned the delay on the part of the state Home Minister, James Sangma to come up with a statement after the attack on Kharshiing.
“Where is the Home Minister. Does he have to wait for his brother (CM Conrad K Sangma) to give out a statement on the issue,” Rangad asked.