‘Barbaric act’: Home Minister reacts to activists attack in EJH

SHILLONG, Nov 10: Home Minister, James K Sangma today visited Agnes Kharshiing and Amita Sangma at NEIGRIHMS.

At the hospital Sangma spent time with Kharshiing’s brothers John Kharshiing and Francis Kharshiing.

Later speaking to media persons, the Home Minister termed the attack on the two women activists as “barbaric” especially on unarmed women.

“We assure that we will be taking very serious action (on the attackers) and bring the guilty to justice,” Sangma said.

When asked about the police’s lethargic approach in dealing with an earlier case wherein Poipynhun Majaw the leader of a pressure group based in Jaintia Hills who was murdered in March this year, Sangma said that in such cases it take time to find out those involved.

“While we are investigating the matter care has to be taken that the guilty must be punished and an innocent must not be dragged into any kind of investigation,” the Home Minister said.

Sangma also said that the Home department is monitoring the situation very closely in Poipynhun’s and the present case also.

“It will be wrong to say that the investigation is slow or it is now being done in a proper manner,” the Home Minister said.

On demand of the state unit of the BJYM to institute a “judicial probe” or probe by the CBI, Sangma said that the state police department is “equipped” to handle the case and even as he said that two suspectes have already been nabbed and crack this case soon.

On magisterial enquiry Sangma said that the government is thinking on it.

He also refused to make comment on allegations of police having a nexus with coal miners.

On criticism that the Home Minister has not come forward to codemn the incident, Sangma said that when the Chief Minister of a state speaks he does so on behalf of the government.

“If others don’t speak it does not mean that we are not concerned when Chief Minister speaks we all share the same view,” Sangma said.

On the issue of insecurity in the minds of citizens especially in East Jaintia Hills, the Home Minister said that the government’s constant endeavour is to bring out an environment where one feels secure even as he admitted that such incidents do not instill confidence.

According to the Home Minister law and order is something which is in a constant state of flux and if incidents like these keep happening what is important is to make sure that the guilty are punished, brought to justice and sending a strong message that such things will not be tolerated.

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