Shillong, Nov 9 (IECurrentAffairs) Two persons were arrested today in connection with the brutal attack on RTI and women’s rights activist, Agnes Kharshiing and two of her companions in East Jaiñtia Hills district on Thursday.
Doctors at the North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) said, Kharshiing is put on a ventilator, while the other two are in stable condition.
In a pre-dawn raid in the coal-belt areas, East Jaiñtia Hills police arrested Elphon Dkhar and Meklison Siangshai from Kongong area under Khliehriat police station in connection with the attack on Kharshiing and her aides at Sohshrieh area.
Kharshiing, who is also the President of Civil Society Women’s Organisation, along with her aides – Amita Sangma and E Kurbah – were brutally attacks after they had gone to the Lad Rymbai police station to lodge a complaint about the illegal transportation of coal in violation of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order.
The NGT had imposed an interim ban on the extraction and transportation of the coal since 2014.
“We have arrested two persons and the hunt is on to arrest the other criminals,” Superintendent of Police in-charge East Jaintia Hills, Sylvester Nongtnger said.
“Moreover,” he said, “Police has taken a sou moto case since the victims are not in position to file FIR as they are in a serious condition.”