Attack on Agnes, Amita: Assembly committee concerned over slow pace on investigation

SHILLONG, Nov 26: The Meghalaya Assembly Committee on Women Empowerment (MACWE) has expressed its concern over the slow pace of investigation into the murderous attack on women rights and RTI activist Agnes Kharshiing and Amita Sangma at East Jaintia Hills on November 8.

The Committee also expressed its dissatisfaction over the enquiry being conducted only at the level of the Additional Deputy Commissioner of the district.

Raising objection to it, the Chairperson of the Committee Ampareen Lyngdoh said, “It is concerning us because the life threatening incident against two prominent women activists and it has the attention of only the Additional Deputy Commissioner.”

Lyngdoh also expressed concern that so far the main accused in the attack has not been apprehended.

Alleging that there is a casual approach on the part of the East Jaintia Hills district administration in arresting the culprits the Committee said that there is lot of lapses in the inquiry.

According to Lyngdoh, the SP of East Jaintia Hills district S Nongtngnger stated before the committee that there was lack of man power to go on a manhunt for the main accused.

It may be mentioned that there are reports that an NPP leader Nidamon Chullet was behind the attack on the two women activists.

The Committee was also irked by the absence of Additional Deputy Commissioner SS Syiemlieh who is conducting an inquiry into the attack on Agnes and Amita.

“The committee viewed his absence seriously and we would ask from the government why he evaded his presence in the Committee today,” Committee member Himalaya Shangpliang said.

Meanwhile, the Committee also expressed its surprise that the East Jaintia Hills district administration initially decided to pay compensation to the duo from the Disaster Management Corpus.

According to the chairperson MACWE Ampareen Lyngdoh, the state government initially decided to pay only a meager amount of Rs 12, 770 to the two injured women towards medical expenses.

Lyngdoh said that however it took a court order to enhance the compensation to Rs 5 lakh each to both the women activists.

The Committee has given the state government seven days time to hand over the compensation to the families of both the injured victims.

The MACWE also demanded that there should be an independent probe into the assault of Agnes and Amita.

Moreover, the Committee also said that during the Special Session of the Meghalaya Assembly to be held on Tuesday it would submit a preliminary report of its findings to the House.


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