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TURA | Sept 19, 2019:

Days after an NGO leader was arrested over rape charges, the Garo Students’ Union, Eastern Zone on Thursday clarified that the accused was no longer a member of the student body even as they maintained that he had been impeached more than a month ago.

Riprap T Sangma, the former general secretary of the GSU-Songsak unit was arrested after he raped a minor girl multiple times leading to her impregnation. The accused was arrested by EGH police on Sep 15 after a complaint by the parent of the victim.

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The accused had allegedly raped the girl for years and threatened her with her life. His act was only discovered after the girl became pregnant.

In a release sent today, the GSU stated that Riprap had been impeached following complaints by the local unit in Songsak. He was impeached on Aug 21.

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Condemning the rape of the minor by Riprap, the NGO added that the accused had done mischief in his personal capacity and not as a leader of the GSU.

“The incident is unfortunate and shocking but he is no longer our member. Therefore the headline on him being a GSU leader is misleading and amounts to defaming the Union and Garo students in general,” said the release by the NGO.

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