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Vehicle seized, driver arrested for looting passenger


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 JOWAI: Khliehriat Police seized a vehicle (Maruti-van ML04A-4381) and arrested the driver for allegedly looting a passenger after he was kidnapped at Rymbai Road recently.

According to sources, the vehicle was plying passengers from Ladrymbai to Soo-Kilo (4 Kilo) and a week ago a passenger (name withheld) was travelling in the vehicle alone. The driver along with his friend kidnapped him and looted Rs. 16000 from him.

The victim, a non-tribal who identified the vehicle registration number lodged a complaint with Khliehriat police who seized the vehicle and arrested the driver.

Khliehriat police is yet to arrest his accomplice who committed the crime along with the driver.

It is known that non-tribal passengers in Khliehriat areas are treated badly by some drivers who are illegally plying their private vehicles as taxis.

“If we happen to pay our fare with a Rs. 500 note, these drivers keep it all to themselves and flee away with their vehicles”, a source said adding that if they complain or ask for the rest of the money they are beaten mercilessly.

“This is the way of some miscreants who pose themselves as local drivers in the area”, a police officer in the area commented.

Sources also informed that many such cases were not reported to the police as most of the victims are poor and migrant labourers.

Body of youth recovered:Jowai police recovered the body of a fifteen year old Rimiki Biam of Mihmyntdu village from near Nangbah Stand in Iawmusiang on Wednesday morning.

According to Jowai police, the youth was registered in burglary cases in and around Iawmusiang area.

“We suspect that he might have fallen while trying to climb the wall of a shop located there”, police sources said adding that a murder case was registered and an investigation is on to establish the real cause of his death.

Call for migrant labours registration:With a view to control influx in Jaintia Hills, particularly in the mineral-rich Khliehriat Civil Sub-Division, the Additional Deputy Commissioner in charge of the Civil Sub-Division has directed all coal mine owners, contractors, cement plants, companies and other Non-Government Organisations engaging migrant labours to get their labours registered with the Sub-Divisional Labour Inspector, Khliehriat at the earliest as per prevalent law of the state.

Parent’s Day:The Umkiang Secondary School (Holy Cross) celebrated the Parent’s Day at the school premises on Tuesday.

PHE Minister, Shitlang Pale and District Education Officer, Ms. C. Slong attended the celebration as the chief guest and guest of honour respectively.

Speaking at the function, Pale lauded the efforts of the school in being able to attain high standard despite being established in a remote area.


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