Tura | Nov 07, 2018:
The NGOs of Williamnagar town in East Garo Hills district of Meghalaya have demanded extra security presence in the main market to prevent anti-social elements from thrashing people on the pretext of punishing a person accused of various offences.
The demand was made following an incident where a tailor from one of the shops from the Williamnagar Main Market was thrashed by a group of locals over an allegation of molestation while he was police custody.
The demand for extra security was raised through a memorandum to the deputy commissioner of the district by several NGOs including the GSU, FAF, AIGU, Williamnagar Main Market Merchants Association (WMMMA), SPA and WATA. The memo was submitted on Nov 1 this month.
“Due to the lack of adequate security personnel in the area, people have started taking the law into their own hands. One glaring example is the recent incident that occurred in the evening of Oct 25 when an angry mob thrashed a tailor till he became unconscious after a woman raised an alarm accusing him of molestation,” said the NGOs.
The NGOs alleged that the local police personnel on duty did not react promptly to the incident which empowered them to snatch the victim from the custody of police and thrash him for an hour until more police forces arrived at the scene.
“There have been many incidences of crimes committed over the past few years in and around the Main Market area. Some of these are reported while other petty crimes go unnoticed,” stated the NGOs.
“In view of the current situation and circumstances, we demand the immediate arrangement of adequate security personnel in and around the Williamnagar Main Market area within 5 days from submission of the memo, failing which we will to resort into agitations,” warned the NGOs.