Shillong: Meghalaya home minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Tuesday has condemned the gruesome incident that occurred in West Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya.
On October 7, an 80-year-old man was buried alive on suspicion of practising witchcraft.
Condemning the incident, Rymbui said that what had happened in West Khasi Hills is condemnable and should not occur.
“These issues have been occurring time and again and even from the government’s end we have issued advisories that of any such circumstances people should not take the law into their own hands,” said Rymbui. He added, “I want to take this opportunity to advise people not to believe in anything. There is a law which will take care of the needs of the people.”
Rymbui said that if there is anything that people are suspicious about they should report to the authorities concerned so that such incident of loss of lives does not take place.
Appealing to the citizens of the state, he said that let the law take its course. “Once again, I condemn this incident and superstitions beliefs. I sympathize with the victims family,” said Rymbui.
When asked if it’s necessary for the government to instruct the local heads to start awareness and educate the society, Rymbui said that there are laws and advisories are in place since this is not a new incident and incidents have occurred in the past.
“I don’t know despite knowing that the repercussions are major still people are taking law in their own hands. I wish this will be the last case and that people will understand that action will be taken,” said Rymbui.
He informed that the perpetrators were arrested and the law will take its course.
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