Security breached at Meghalaya secretariat

SHILLONG, Aug 3: The Meghalaya secretariat witnessed another security breach on Friday morning when activists of the Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) entered its main gate taking out placards and shouted slogans.

This is the second such security breach in as many months.

On June 4, a group of hawkers entered the premises of the Main Secretariat after breaking the lock of the entrance gate and shouted slogans. The group had intended to meet Chief Minister, Conrad Kongkal Sangma during the height of protest at Motphran.

On Friday, the members of the HYC wanted to meet the government to discuss the various demands raised by them especially on the issue of Inner Line Permit (ILP) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The East Khasi Hill Superintendent of Police (SP), Davis Nestell R Marak admitted that the security breach could be due to intelligence failure.

When Marak was pointedly asked, he said, “Probably because as far as I am concerned I did not get any inputs regarding of congregation they may have planned but we had no inputs. Only once these people have congregated I got information.”

The East Khasi Hills, SP also said that the police will write to the Deputy Commissioner of the district and propose it to impose section 144 CrPC in and around the secretariat.

Marak said that security personnel manning the main gate of the secretariat did not have an inkling that people who were entering the compound were HYC members.

He said that the HYC activists could not be identified since they did not come together as a group but came in twos and threes.

The SP added that only when they had formed a sufficient number they took out placards and started raising slogans.

“They entered like normal people they did not come in a group so our people did not know that they belong to the same group. They started entering and took out the placards,” the district police chief said.

However, Marak did not think that there was a breach of security since they have not been able to enter inside the secretariat building.

Marak also said that the state secretariat is a public building and lot of people come and there is no restriction at the main gate.

“…but only at the entrance of the secretariat building the entry is restricted,” the SP said.

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