Shattered glasses lie on the floor of the vehicle vandalised by unidentified miscreants near Mawkma village in Sohra, Meghalaya Credit: EastMojo Image

Guwahati: A camping trip to Sohra in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district turned into an ordeal for a group of five youngsters from Guwahati in Assam after the car they were travelling in was vandalised by unidentified miscreants on Monday evening.

The incident took place around 9.30pm on Monday. The group of five youths, aged between 21 and 22 years, had gone to one of the popular camping sites at Sohra but they had to park their vehicle around 100 metres from the spot since the road was not in a motorable condition.

The windshield, rear-view mirror and bonnet of the car were damaged by unknown miscreants near Mawkma village in Sohra, Meghalaya

“We had reached the spot by dusk and soon we set up our camps by a lake which is around 5 to 6 km from Sohra. There were several burnt firewood in the area which was a clear indication that there were other groups who had gone there recently,” said Julius Mochahari, one of the affected youths.

It was around 9:30 pm when the group heard some strange noise coming from the spot where the car was parked. As they approached towards their vehicle, they saw it being vandalised by unidentified miscreants.

“We could see them trying to break our windshield and hitting on the bonnet. We were quite scared, that is why we did not approach further towards the vehicle and waited till they left. After they left, we recorded the damages done to our vehicle and shared the videos and photos with one of my friends, who then uploaded them on Facebook. Seeing them, the police got in touch with us,” Mochahari explained.

As per Mochahari, there were no villages within a 2-km radius of the site; neither did they have any altercation with locals or passers-by that could invoke such kind of behaviour.

Meanwhile, the Sohra police have also expressed surprise over the incident. Speaking to EastMojo, Manbhalang Rymbai, officer-in-charge of Sohra police station, said that this was the first-of-its-kind incident that took place in the area.

“The locals in the are very friendly to the tourists here and such kind of incident has not been reported in the past. However, we are taking all the aspects under consideration and investigating about the matter. So far we have not been able to identify anyone”, the officer-in-charge added.

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