Shillong: The Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) accused the Meghalaya Police of being hypocrites after one of the victims of the Golf Links attack died.
Roy Synrem, General Secretary, HYC, said that the police and state government have not been proactive in finding the assaulters or anyone involved in the crime.
“As per media reports, the statement was given by victims, people involved in this incident are not locals or tribals belonging to the Khasi community,” said Synrem.
“We are sorry to say that in any assault on non-tribals, the police department and state government are proactive in finding the assaulters or anyone involved in the crime. Even when they don’t have proper suspects, the police go door to door to nab the culprit,” he added.
Despite ten days of the incident, the police have identified no suspects, h said.
“There is a kind of hypocrisy on the police’s part. When our people are involved, they don’t have any suspects at all. When there is an assault on any non-tribals, the police are proactive in making arrests,” alleged Synrem.
HYC has now demanded that the police department make arrests at the earliest.
Meanwhile, East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police (SP) Sylvester Nongtnger informed that they had recorded the statement of one of the victims and formed a Special Investigations Team under SP (City) Vivek Syiem.
Nongtnger said that after taking the eyewitness statements, it was found that it was not a communal clash. He said that the eyewitnesses mentioned that the assaulters were from Meghalaya.
He also urged citizens to not jump to conclusions by assuming that it was a communal clash.
On March 21, three youths from Wahkaji, South West Khasi Hills, were assaulted and one was attacked by beer bottles. One of the victims succumbed to his injury on Sunday at NEIGRIHMS hospital.