Three people have been arrested in connection with the lynching of an Assamese labourer at St Xavier’s College in Umoid.
Assistant Inspector General of Police GK Iangrai said the investigation is ongoing and requested the general public to refrain from taking the law into their own hands.
On February 24 night, eight labourers from Ujnghagrar Char village, South Salmara, Mankachar District, Assam, were attacked by 20 masked miscreants.
The labourers were hired for construction work at St. Xavier’s College.
The attack led to the death of 21-year-old Raju Mondal and left three others severely injured.
According to Iangrai, the village headman and members of the Umoid-Shaidshaid had visited St. Xavier’s College, requesting the college Father to not keep labourers in their village until an arrangement was made.
The request was acknowledged by the Father, who on the same day shifted the labourers to Nativity School Mawkyrwat for their safety.
On February 23, 2021, the college Father sent a letter of clarification to the village authority. The same day, there was a meeting between the Father and the village authority, following which the labourers permitted to stay and work for college construction. Village authority assured that no harm would come upon the construction workers. However, the labourers were attacked that evening.
Islam said his first Meghalaya visit would be his last since it has become a nightmare after witnessing the attack. Islam said, “we would have happily left if they just told us that we weren’t invited. We were only hoping to do our jobs and earn a meagre amount of salary.”
The residents of Umoid also carried out a peace rally to condemn the incident. Hundreds of people turned out for the peace rally. Local MLA and PHE Minister Renikton L Tongkhar, besides many prominent leaders and Church leaders from different dominations, participated in the rally.
Earlier, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma, Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui and Congress MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh condemned the incident.
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