NHIDCL case: Government warn trouble makers

SHILLONG, Jun 12: Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong on Friday termed miscreants who indulged in arson as ‘goondas’.

“These sort of people are trouble makers with nothing worthwhile to do. The government won’t sit quite in the interest of the State,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

He said that people who indulge in acts of violence and arson are not part of any social organisations even as he lauded the various NGOs in the state for working together with the State government in the fight against COVID-19.

Tynsong was reacting to a query on the recent assault and act of vandalism on government property.

It may be mentioned that on Thursday, the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) office in Shillong was attacked with a petrol bomb while a vehicle of a government official was torched at Mawkyrwat, South West Khasi Hills district.

However no one was injured in these two separate incidents.

A petrol bomb was allegedly hurled at the office of the NHIDCL at Kharmalki. The accountant’s room was partially damaged.

A government vehicle of District Social Welfare Officer of South West Khasi Hills district, L Lyngdoh was set ablaze at Mawkyrwat market on Thursday afternoon.

The NHIDCL office attack comes close on the heels after an NHIDCL engineer Sujit Kumar Singh and his driver were assaulted by a group of about 10-12 unidentified persons at Nonglang village in South West Khasi Hills district on Sunday.

One Rutherford Lyngdoh was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the assault of the NHIDCL engineer and a man-hunt is on to nab the other co-accused.

Tynsong said that if attacks on employees of the company continues, he asked what will happen to the various infrastructure projects including road projects worth crores.

“What if they decide to leave. I appeal to all to cooperate with the government,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

Tynsong also informed that he had spoken to the police chiefs and Deputy Commissioners of both East Khasi Hills and South West Khasi Hills on the recent cases of arson.

“Today we have asked the police to trace (the perpetrators) and build up the case,” Tynsong added.