Shillong: Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma has vehemently condemned the attack on women’s rights activist Agnes Kharshiing in East Jaintia Hills.
In his Twitter message on Thursday evening, Sangma wrote, “The MDA government strongly condemns the attack on Smt. Agnes Kharshiing and her team. We have issued necessary directions to the police and district administration to investigate the matter and arrest those behind the attack.”
The Meghalaya-based anti-corruption and women’s rights activist was attacked by unidentified miscreants on Tuesday. Police sources suspect the attack a handiwork of the coal mafias active in the East Jaintia Hills.
Kharshiing had received serious head injuries and was rushed to the Lalong Civil Hospital in a critical condition.
The activist was attacked in the Kong Ong village at a coal dumping area on the national highway. She was later shifted to the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences Hospital.
Kharshhing, who is the president of the Civil Society Women’s Organisation (CSWO), has been working relentlessly against the rampant coal smuggling in the Jaintia Hills region of Meghalaya.
Kharshiing came under the attack of the miscreants when she was reportedly taking photographs of some coal dumping grounds. It may be mentioned here that these grounds were created violating the existing National Green Tribunal (NGT) order.
The incident took place a day after the police seized some coal-laden trucks at Mawiong Rim, following complaint lodged by Kharshiing on the issue.