Agnes Kharshiing grievously injured in mob attack

SHILLONG, Nov 8: A prominent women and RTI activist on Thursday was injured in a murderous attacked by miscreants in the state’s East Jaintia Hills district.

According to reports unidentified persons attacked prominent anti-corruption and RTI activist Agnes Kharshiing.

Kharshiing received severe head injuries and was admitted to North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences on Thursday evening.

According to authorities of the North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health Medical Sciences Kharshiing is in a critical condition with cut injuries on her skull bone and other injuries in her body.
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Another activist, Amita Sangma who had accompanied, Kharshiing suffered severe injuries besides their driver E Kurbah, who is also a para legal volunteer, have been admitted at the same hospital.

Sources informed that Kharshiing was attacked at Lum Sohshrew area around the coal depots after Kharshiing went and lodged a complaint at the Lad Rymbai police station on the illegal mining and transportation of coal in the district.

The attack on Kharshiing, the chief of the Civil Society Women’s Organisation, was the second attack on a social activist in East Jaiñtia Hills district.

It may be mentioned that on March 19 this year, RTI activist, Poipynhun Majaw, who was the president of the Jaiñtia Youth Federation was attacked and found murdered in Khliehriat, the district headquarter of East Jaiñtia Hills.

Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has condemned the attack on Kharshiing.

Conrad said that the government has issued necessary directions to the police and district administration to investigate the matter and arrest those behind the attack.

“Civil Society plays an important role in a democratic system as they are instrumental in highlighting the concerns of the people,” the Chief Minister said.

“Violence in any form will not be tolerated and the government will take all necessary steps to ensure that those behind the attack are brought to justice,” Conrad added.

Meanwhile, John F Kharshiing, the elder brother of Agnes Kharshiing, has urged the state government to identify the culprits.

“If the government don’t apprehend the culprits these things (attacks) will keep on happening,” Kharshiing said.

He also said that the government should put an end to the illegal coal mining and let the rule of law apply.

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