Police says no communal angle so far to Golf Link assault case

Shillong, Mar 26: The East Khasi Hills police on Friday said that as per eyewitnesses, the three boys who were assaulted by miscreants on the night of March 21 were locals.

“They belong to a tribal community of Meghalaya as per their language and accent,” East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police, Sylvester Nongtnger quoting the eyewitnesses said.

Nongtnger said that no communal angle to the case of assault has been established in the investigation so far.

According to Nongtnger, on March 21, telephonic information was received at around 10:45 pm from 108 that two boys have sustained grievous injuries at Golf Links area.

He said immediately a team from Pasteur Beat House rushed to the spot and found two boys lying unconscious at the Golf Course near the forested area. They were immediately shifted to an ambulance for medical help with assistance of the police team along with the friends and family members of the victims at the spot.

Nongtnger said that during initial enquiry, statement of eyewitnesses at the place of occurrence were recorded who revealed that the victims were part of a group who were playing football at Golf link and after the game, they stayed back and consumed some local liquor.

“Later in the evening more groups of people arrived at the same area for similar activities. The victim’s party got into an altercation with one such group but eventually they compromised and began reveling together. At this point, the loud noise emanating from their group irked a third party in the vicinity who then reacted by pelting beer bottles towards the victim’s group,” the East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police said in his statement.

The father of one of the victims formally submitted a complaint at Pasteur Beat House on the case of assault on 25.03.2021. Following this, a case no. 100 (03) 2021 u/s 324/326/341/34 IPC has been registered under Sadar Police Station.

“Both the injured persons are still under treatment and hence have not provided any statement. A sustained effort is being made to identify and arrest the culprits,” the Superintendent of Police said.

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