Agnes Kharshiing  Credit: File image

Shillong: The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in Meghalaya has demanded a CBI investigation into the attack on anti-corruption and women’s rights activist Agnes Kharshiing and her aide Amita Sangma by suspected coal mafia on November 8.

At a meeting held at former chief minister and opposition leader Mukul Sangma’s residence in Shillong on Sunday, party leaders expressed great concern over the delay in investigation into the case.

As per a statement issued after the meeting, the CLP said: “This type of lawlessness is unprecedented in the history of Meghalaya and does not augur well for the welfare of the state.”

“We reaffirm the demand for a CBI inquiry into the assault of the two women activists to ensure fair and neutral investigation into the case,” the CLP further noted.

CLP’s demand comes at a time when the government has only favoured for a judicial probe instead of a CBI inquiry.

The demand for an independent probe into the attack on the social activist has been growing louder since the incident.

The activist was attacked in the Kong Ong village at a coal dumping area on the national highway. She was later shifted to the NEIGRIHMS 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. These grounds were reportedly 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.

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