MHRC directs state police to probe into February 14 Umwali incident

SHILLONG, Mar 18: The Meghalaya Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has directed the Meghalaya Director General of Police (DGP) to conduct an enquiry into the assault of men and women in Umwali village of Langpih on February 14.

“Issue notice to the Director General of Police, Meghalaya to cause an enquiry to be conducted into the allegations made by the complainants by an officer not below the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police and submit the detailed report within 30 days of receipt of this notice,” the MHRC said.

It may be mentioned that on February 15, Rambrai-Jyrngam MLA, Kimfa Marbañiang and Hynñiewtrep Youth Council complaint to the Meghalaya Human Rights Commission (MHRC) alleging violation of human rights by Assam police who arrested two persons and assaulted several villagers of Umwali near Langpih area in West Khasi Hills district bordering Assam’s Kamrup district.

On February 14, the Assam police went to Umwali village to stop workers of the M/S Dhar Construction from erecting electric poles to provide electricity to the village and allegedly assaulted the villagers including women for objecting the arrest of two persons – the secretary of Umwali village, and a driver of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL).

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