Shillong, July 4: Meghalaya police informed that they have picked up 11 suspects for allegedly being involved in the assault of 6 individuals at a basketball court in Block IV, Lawsohtun.
Assistant Inspector General of Police (A) G K Ïangrai revealed that several youths hailing from Laban and adjoining areas had gone to play basketball at Block IV in Lawsohtun on Friday.
“However, at around 12:30 pm around 20-25 unidentified boys who had already gathered at the basketball court started assaulting these youths with iron rods and sticks, resulting in sustaining of injuries by Arindam Deb, Subharshi Das Purkayastha, Saptarshi Das Purkayastha, Binak Deb, Bishal Ghosh, and Prittish Deb,” he stated.
On receiving information, police stated that they rushed to the place of occurrence and on reaching Sericulture Office, they saw two youths namely Bishal Ghosh and Saptarshi Das, who had managed to escape from the basketball court.
“The police team on seeing the condition of both these youth immediately rushed them to Woodland Hospital for medical assistance and the other four victims were also taken to the same hospital for medical treatment,” he added.
A criminal case has been registered at Laban Police Station under sections 326/307/506/34 of the Indian Penal Code.
Three suspects were reportedly apprehended yesterday and eight others were apprehended today.
Statements of the victims as well as the bystanders have been recorded and further investigation of the case is in progress, they informed.
The police department also appealed to all the witnesses to come forward in helping the investigation team to ascertain the facts and circumstances of the case and help in identifying the perpetrators of the crime.
“The identity of those who are willing to help the police team will be kept as confidential and will not be disclosed. Furthermore, the department also issues a stern warning to any individual who incites or breach communal peace and harmony, as stringent action as per relevant provisions of law will be taken against them,” Ïangrai stated.