Activist Agnes Kharshiing before being discharged from the hospital 

Shillong: Meghalaya-based rights activist Agnes Kharshiing was released on Monday after undergoing treatment for more than a month at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) following an attack on her on November 8 this year.

Informing about Kharshiing’s improvement in health, her brother John F Kharshiing said: “Agnes Kharshiing was discharged around 3.45 pm today (Monday). She will be in my house in Shillong till further assessment and advice from NEIGRIHMS.”

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.

“Initially, she was disoriented to time, place and person with speech disturbances. Since the patient’s condition has improved significantly, it was decided to discharge her today with further home medication and medical advice. She has been asked to follow up with the OPD of neurosurgery, psychiatry and orthopedics,” said an official of NEIGHRIMS on Monday.

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