NONGPOH | Dec 30, 2018:
A video clip of Assam vehicles turning turtle along the Shillong-Guwahati National Highway under Quinine village in Ri Bhoi district, which has gone viral on social media, has gathered flaks from several quarters even as the contents and rumours on ‘staged accidents’ have been termed as ‘false’ and ‘baseless’.
It may be mentioned that the news video clip published by a news channel based in Assam, which has gone viral, alleged that crane operators are involved in trapping vehicles bound for Shillong by pouring oily stuffs in the National Highway to create artificial accidents and later extort money from drivers on the pretext of pulling out their vehicles from the ditch.
However, this theory was rubbished by the district police who informed that the rumours on artificial accidents are totally ‘baseless’ and that the ill-fated vehicles were pulled out manually.
A senior police official informed that the news video clip was not based on facts but rather on rumours spread by a few individuals.
He also stated that the ‘so-called’ video clip was an old one taken in the month of June or July during the rainy season, when the highway was slippery, and not recent as claimed by the news channel.
“99 percent of the accidents that happened in that area are due to over-speeding which usually happen in sharp turning and only Assam registered vehicles are involved in such accidents,” said the police source.
On Saturday, the village Durbar along with villagers of Quinine in Ri Bhoi district staged a protest along the national highway to condemn the ‘fake news’ published by the regional news channel in question.
“There is no truth at all in the news video published by the Assam-based news channel; those who faced the accidents in our village are mostly from Assam, who visited the state for the first time, unaware of the condition of the roads here, ” said Headman of Quinine village, Bhastar Lyngdoh.
Lyngdoh also stated that the police and NHAI officials have also conducted enquiry into the matter and found no such spilling of oil in the highway as rumoured.
The village leaders also urged the drivers from Assam and other states of the country, who visits the state, to drive carefully in the hilly areas of Meghalaya as the road has sharp turnings and tends to become very slippery specifically when it rains.