Shillong: In a tragic accident, a 37-year-old assistant professor travelling from Tura to Shillong on Saturday was burnt alive after his car caught fire.

The assistant professor, identified as Ferdinand B Lyngdoh was the youngest son of Meghalaya former Chief Minister Late E K Mawlong and the brother of Congress MLA George Lyngdoh.

According to reports, the Bolero vehicle, in which Lyngdoh was travelling, suddenly burst into flames at Umden village.

Preliminary reports indicate that there may have been a technical short circuit either with the vehicle air conditioner or a leaking fuel pipe that caused the fire to quickly spread inside the vehicle claiming the life of the professor.

Lyngdoh was the Assistant Professor in charge of the Department of Basic Science and Humanities at the College of Community Science in Sangsanggre, Tura.

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