Ministers AL Hek, Samlin Malngiang and Comingone Ymbon interacting with one of the injured youths Credit: EastMojo image

Shillong: Three days after a 25-year-old youth, Macmilan Kharshandi, was allegedly lynched and two others thrashed over suspicion of being menshohnoh (practitioners of black magic) at Pashang in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district on Sunday evening, health minister AL Hek on Wednesday visited the injured youths who are undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital in Shillong.

Condemning the incident, Hek said that those involved in the heinous crime should be punished and not allowed to move freely. “Anybody involved in these kind of incidents should be booked. Nobody should take the law into their own hands,” said Hek.

On Sunday, a group of nine youths from Madanryting town of East Khasi Hills lost their way while coming back from Syntung. The youths had gone to Syntung for a picnic and did not know that things would take an ugly turn while returning from the spot.

Of those injured, Teibor Kharbangar was severely bruised on the face with a head injury, while Ricky Dkhar also suffered a head injury. The two were admitted to the Civil Hospital in Shillong.

Meanwhile, Hek said such acts are totally unacceptable. “Lynching cases, be it of any kind, are totally condemnable. And nobody should be spared,” he added.

The health minister was accompanied by cabinet ministers Samlin Malngiang and Comingone Ymbon.

Meanwhile, Dkhar, one of the two injured, is still under observation at civil hospital, while Teibor Kharbangar has been shifted to Woodland Hospital in Shillong.

Immediately after the incident, the Meghalaya Police swung into action and nabbed 27 suspects. Two of them were released over being a juvenile and senior citizen, respectively. Altogether, 24 suspects were later presented before a local court in Shillong on Tuesday evening, which sent four to police custody and 20 to judicial custody.

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