SHILLONG, February 14, 2019: At least five persons were injured Wednesday after they were beaten up for going wild during a victory rally organised by the Khasi Students Union (KSU) in the city to hail the Citizenship Amendment Bill not been tabled in Rajya Sabha and hence set to lapse, police said.
Superintendent of Police (City) SA Rynjah said as per the preliminary information some rallyists pelted stones and vandalised a few shops of non-tribals in Rynjah and RR colony areas drawing strong reaction from the locals.
Rynjah said the five persons, who most of them sustained grievous injuries, were immediately taken to the hospital.
The SP said that the police are still conducting an inquiry into the matter and are yet to make any arrest.
We have identified some of the people involved in the incident and we will take action accordingly, the SP said.
Meanwhile, a ruling BJP legislator Sanbor Shullai Wednesday hailed the occasion as greatest victory for the indigenous people.
The Bill seeks to provide citizenship to persecuted religious immigrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Shullai, who is Meghalaya’s Tourism Development Corporation chairman, had earlier written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and threatened to resign from the party if the CAB is passed in the Rajya Sabha.
It is a great victory for the indigenous people of the state and the North East. I have promised my people that I will resign from the BJP if the party goes ahead of pass the Bill, Shullai told PTI.
The National Peoples Party-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government of which the BJP is part of in Meghalaya had adopted a resolution last year opposing the Bill.