Action against people ‘funding’ Shillong violence: Conrad Sangma

Action against people ‘funding’ Shillong violence: Conrad Sangma

Newmai News Network
Shillong | June 3


Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma today warned stern action against people involved in “funding” the ongoing violent agitation in certain parts of the state capital, Shillong, which has led to a breakdown of law and order.


“The police have done its investigation and we have found out that there are certain people who are funding this particular agitation,” Sangma told reporters after reviewing the prevailing law and order situation here on Sunday.
Refusing to give names by saying the government will only reveal at an appropriate time, the Chief Minister said, “We have found evidence of money and expensive alcohols being given to them (agitators).”


On preliminary interrogation, he said, individuals who were picked up by police have confessed that they have been given money and that they have come there because of that. The CM also informed that the government has already ordered a magisterial inquiry into the matter.


“Right now a magisterial inquiry is going on and if necessary will go to a more detailed level as we want to get to the root of this whole thing.”


In the meantime, Sangma said that the government and the police are already on the job to find out where the money is coming from and the individuals who are behind distributing money.


“Stern action will be taken against those people who are involved in funding and giving money to these people (agitators) who are coming forward and creating trouble,” he warned.


The Meghalaya CM, while avoiding further comments, said that a detailed investigation is still going on some leads and records (as evidences) besides names of some people who are involved have been gathered.


Meanwhile, despite curfew imposed by the district administration, agitators in large numbers continued to attack the state security forces with stones at Motphran area, about 100 meters from where the violence first took place on May 31.


However, being a Sunday, the curfew in the 14 localities was relaxed for seven hours from 8 am to 3 pm. The District Magistrate promulgated the curfew from 3pm onwards.


Referring to a meeting held with the headmen of the affected localities and NGOs on Saturday, Conrad Sangma said, “We have talked to almost all the stakeholders and all of them have told us none of their people are there (part of the agitation). So if their people are not there and if the headmen have appealed to them to go back and still they are not listening we are wondering who these people are.”


Meanwhile, the CM assured the citizens of the state and also the country that the state government would ensure safety and security of all the people and it will not allow anybody to fund such agitation and for anybody to take the law into their own hands.


“We are concerned about the issues and we have given our commitment that we will discuss these issues and try to resolve them,” he said while stating that the target of the government is to restore normalcy in the city.


Asked whether any politicians were involved behind the incident, Sangma said, “I don’t want to take names as I am not here to politicize this issue”. He added, “This is a very sensitive issue right now but we are aware of individuals and the channels from where the money and alcohol is coming and we are going to take action.”