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FIR yet to be lodged in petrol bomb attack case


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By Our Reporter

SHILLONG, April 25: More than 24 hours have elapsed since the bike-borne miscreants hurled a petrol bomb targeting a police vehicle which was escorting Director of NEEPCO (Personnel) Maj Gen (retired) RK Jha but no FIR has been lodged so far in connection with the attack.
The incident had occurred at Demthring under the Madanrting police station at around 7.30 pm on Wednesday. No one was injured as the cops promptly doused the fire.
Maj Gen Jha was supposed to file an FIR on Thursday but as he has not come forward, the police are facing a dilemma regarding their next steps.
“We stopped to locate and identify the miscreants but failed to do so. It was a near miss for me. We will lodge an FIR on Thursday. We will also write a letter to the DGP’s office and the Home Department,” Maj Gen Jha had stated on Wednesday.
The attack comes close on the heels of the arrest of a member of the Khasi Students’ Union’s Nongthymmai circle in connection with the recent twin-murder case at Ichamati.
Meanwhile, East Khasi Hills district Superintendent of Police Rituraj Ravi urged the public not to take law into their own hands or else, they will face actions as per the law.
“We urge all peace-loving citizens not to take law into their own hands. But if somebody does that, we have to go as per law and ensure they are brought to justice,” the SP said.
“Our position is very clear. A crime is a crime and any criminal involved in that needs to be brought to justice. We are not looking into anybody’s affiliation of whatsoever nature. If there is a crime, there is a criminal and if there is a criminal, we have to go as per the law,” he added.
The KSU had on Wednesday warned the state government of a law and order problem if the police continue to arrest its members.
“…we would like to issue a very strong warning to the government that if it keeps arresting and detaining our members, we will be compelled to take action which might affect the law and order situation in the state,” KSU general secretary Donald Thabah had warned.
Two members of the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), arrested by the police in two separate cases of murder, were produced at the district court on Wednesday and it remanded them to police custody. Cleenstar Shabong (27) was arrested in connection with the Ichamati twin-murder case while Gary Mawlieh (25) was arrested in connection with the murder of a labourer, Arjun Ray, at Mawlai Mawroh.


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