Thursday, February 22, 2024

State awaits additional forces

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Police slogs it out to maintain law and order in the wake of the ongoing agitation by various pressure groups demanding the implementation of the inner line permit (ILP), Meghalaya still awaits the sanction of additional forces from the Centre.

Principal Secretary, Home KS Kropha informed that a request has already been sent by the Government to the Ministry of Home Affairs for sanctioning of the additional forces.

“We hope to get them quickly,” Kropha said adding that the State Government has sought 12 additional companies of CRPF and Rapid Action Force (RAF). It may be mentioned that capital city as well as other districts of the state has been witnessing spurt of violence since last two weeks following the failure of talks between State Government and NGOs over the demand of implementing Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state to check influx of illegal migrants.

Arson in WKH, JH; EKH peaceful

Jowai/Nongstoin/ Shillong: Cases of arson were reported from West Khasi Hills district and Jaintia Hills area of the State on the last day of the night road blockade called by various pressure groups demanding the implementation of ILP in the State.

In Nongstoin, Unknown miscreants set the Office of the District Youth Co-Ordinator (Nehru Yuva Kendra) ablaze at around 4.30 am on Saturday. The fire was spotted by some youths who were on a morning stroll. The office was partially damaged in the incident while some files along with chairs and other office materials were gutted.

Interestingly, the Nehru Yuva Kendra is just 100 metres away from the residence of the West Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner.

Meanwhile, unidentified miscreants set the SDO PWD office on fire at around 12.30 am in Jowai on Friday. Important old records were damaged in the incident.

According to police sources, miscreants had also tried to burn the office building of the Khliehriat C & RD office. However, the police patrolling party along with some residents in the area extinguished the fire before any damage could be done.

Calm in East Khasi Hills

After days of arson, East Khasi Hills district witnessed calm on the last day of the night road blockade with no untoward incident reported in the district.

East Khasi Hills SP M Kharkrang informed that police was coordinating with ocal institutions including the Dorbar Shnong to ensure peace and normalcy in the various localities.

“Our concern is to maintain law and order and we will not hesitate to arrest anyone who indulges in any criminal activity,” Kharkrang asserted.

It may be mentioned that the State Police has so far arrested 35 miscreants including KSU leaders for their involvement in various incidents since September 1.

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