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Conrad hopes that Williamnagar victory will have impact in Ampati

By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, May 07, 2018: 

Basking in the victory achieved in Williamnagar, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma hoped that the NPP wave will spread to Congress’s bastion — Ampati, which is scheduled to go for by-poll on May 28.

Road infrastructure, youth empowerment amongst Williamnagar MLA’s top priorities

By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, May 07, 2018: 

The newly elected MLA from Williamnagar, Marcuise Marak was sworn in as the new member of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly by Deputy Speaker, Timothy D Shira in the old Assembly building at Khyndai Lad here on Monday.

Williamnagar MLA to take oath today as member of Assembly

Shillong News Desk | Shillong, May 7, 2018:

The newly elected MLA from Williamnagar, Marcuise Marak from the NPP will take oath as a member of the Legislative Assembly today at the office of the Deputy Speaker in the old Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Building in Khyndai Lad.

Meghalaya: ‘Gundagiri’ must stop in Tura and time has come to put an end to ‘Goonda Tax’ – Bernard R Marak

TNT Desk | May 6, 2018

The GL Pharmaceuticals at Tura Hawakhana, which was earlier closed down by Garo NGOs was targeted by unknown miscreants on April 30 who tried to burn it down in broad daylight by setting fire to plastic found nearby. The pharmacy owned by one, Vivek Agarwal was earlier closed down by NGOs like the GSU, FKJGP, AYWO and ADE who accused the owner of fraud as well as cheating a Garo business partner by depriving him of his share from the business, and eventually kicking him out. The pharmacy was later re-opened in partnership with former ANVC B militant, Bernard Rimpu N Marak, after getting permission from the deputy commissioner and security provided by the Tura police.

In view of the above, the former Chairman of ANVC-B, Bernard Rimpu N Marak strongly condemned the torching incident by various NGOs terming it as “Gundagiri”. In a letter to the press fraternity, Bernard said-

“We have signed the peacepack but Garo Hills is far from being a peaceful place. In order to live a normal life, i took over GLR PHARMACEUTICALS and was trying to run a peaceful business in Tura. But on 1st May at around 1 pm NGOs (GSU, ADE, FKJGP, AYWO and some students from Tura Government College and NEHU) attacked and ransacked my firm, assaulted my partner in broad day light and took away the hard disk of my computer and some lacs of rupees. This is the real picture of Tura, lawless and “Gundagiri”. Tura looks like a peaceful town but end of militancy only paved way to the locals goons to rise. People of Tura, especially the business community are victims of a “Goonda tax” menace. “Gundagiri” is on a rise and i personally feel this should end here. There should not be another attack or assault or daylight robbery in Tura. Assaulting a helpless non Garo businessman does not help a Garo society and Garos don’t approve violence. I have left a life of violence and chosed to live a normal life but NGOs hitting a weak infront of me actually distorts the “Peacepact”.

NGOs have no right to take law in their hands. Nor do they have right to assault, rob or vandalise any business establishment. What they did to my shop was nothing less than “Gundagiri”. They took advantage of the loose security in the Town and used college students as their tools to make it look like mob. I will not take law in my hand but we are identifying each one of them to add their names to the FIR.
“Gundagiri” must stop in Tura and time has come to put an end to the “Goonda Tax” which is being collected by these goons. The rates of vegetables, fruits, eggs, dry fish etc has shooted up double its actual cost. Shops have to pay their haftas every month else they will take away goods or make them deliver services double the tax amount. I m determined to make Tura a peaceful town. “Gundagiri” must be stopped and security must be provided to the people.  This can be achieved only when administration and public work together against the evils in the society. There shouldn’t be another attack on anyone like they did to my firm”.


Meghalaya: Over Rs 4 lakh cash seized in poll-bound Ampati

From Our Correspondent

Tura, May 6, 2018

As election dates appear closer for poll bound Ampati, instances of cash seizures and the likes are coming into the limelight. The South West Garo Hills (SWGH) district administration in conjunction with election officials seized over Rs 4 lakhs from a vehicle while it was being transported in poll bound Ampati on Saturday.

According to information received, the team consisting of election officials, static surveillance teams, police along with magistrates made the seizure of Rs 4, 29,800 from near the village of Garobadha in the district.

Interestingly the person, a VEC secretary claimed the cash belonged to him and was meant for distribution under MGNREGS.

Election Code of Conduct mandates that cash above Rs 50,000 cannot be carried at one time.

“The matter is currently being investigated. With election code of conduct already in place, such huge amounts are prohibited from being carried around,” said Dikki D Shira, the additional deputy commissioner of SWGH.

Ampati will go to polls on May 28 with at least 3 candidates, Congress’ MIani D Shira, NPP’s Clement Momin and BJP’s Bakul Hajong likely candidates in what is expected to be a very interesting fight. The by-election has been necessitated after former CM, Mukul Sangma, gave up the seat, having won both Ampati and Songsak in the recently concluded polls to the state.

Meghalaya: Cop allegedly assaults teacher in drunken state in WGH; Teachers’ body demand termination

From Our Correspondent | May 6, 2018

Tura: The law enforcers and protectors are seldom seen to be law breakers but an instance in Garo Hills has turned the tables in this regard. All Garo Hills SSA School Teachers’ Association (AGHSSASTA) has demanded the termination of the services of a sub inspector, R Shabang, for allegedly beating up a teacher in a drunken state and collecting fine from the same teacher, despite not being in police uniform.

The incident allegedly occurred on April 28 near the village of Mronggre under Dadenggre block in West Garo Hills, while the teacher, Mominur Rehman was on his way back home.

“R Shabang, sub-inspector from Phulbari PS brutally beat up a teacher, who is also the headmaster of the Chanupara SSA UP School. He had gone to D.LE.Ed class and when he was returning from Boldakgre (under Dadenggre Block) to his home Chibinang Bazar. He had parked his bike to meet his CRC secretary at Mronggre. The SI, without police uniform asked  for his vehicle documents and then fined him Rs.2,000/- for not carrying his documents,” said TD Sangma, publicity secretary of AGHSSASTA.

The association further alleged that the SI, in a drunken state asked the name of his (headmaster’s) father and started beating him. He also took his bike to the PS and was only able to get his vehicle the next day after showing all documents.

An FIR was filed by the headmaster, though by that time, the SI had already been transferred to Tura though there was no official transfer order, said the AGHSSASTA.

“This is strange that the SI has been transferred when a case was filed against him against his illegal act. When we met the OC of Phulbari, he too stated that there was no MVI order for this sort of collection,” said Sangma through a release.

The association also alleged that the SI had collected money not only from the teacher but also from other commercial vehicles in full view of people around him on the excuse of checking documents.

“This is totally illegal and unacceptable not only for the society but also for the nation as well. We therefore ask the competent authorities to terminate him at the earliest so that teachers and society can be rid of such anti social acts,” added Sangma.

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