‘Let law take its own course’, CM on allegations of sexual assault against Thomas Sangma

‘Let law take its own course’, CM on allegations of sexual assault against Thomas Sangma

Shillong, Jun 3: State Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Thursday said the law will take its own course on the allegations of sexual assault case with regards to the alleged sexual offence case filed against his adviser Thomas Sangma.

Stating that since the case was of a “very personal matter”, Sangma said, “It would not be appropriate for the government to respond as it is something that has happened at an individual level and investigation was underway.”

However, Sangma said that the government would ensure that the law of the land is upheld.

“As a government, the only thing that we can ensure and assure is that law will take its own course. We will ensure there is proper investigation that takes place, we will ensure that truth comes out with and that there is no influence or no pressure from anywhere in any way to affect the investigation process…that is the only thing that the government can say from its side,” the Chief Minister asserted

Earlier, this week a woman filed an FIR with the East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police against Thomas Sangma, who is also general secretary of the ruling National People’s Party (NPP) for allegedly sexually assaulting her since January last year.

A case was registered and investigation has already started, Superintendent of Police, East Khasi Hills district, Sylvester Nongtnger said.

Opposition Congress legislator leader and chairperson of the Assembly Committee for Empowerment of Women, Ampareen Lyngdoh had demanded the Assembly Speaker to remove Thomas Sangma as member of the different House committees.

On whether the government would take action by removing the rape accused legislator as adviser to the Chief Minister, Sangma, however, maintained that it would “not be fair to just jump to conclusion without any investigation being done”.

“It will be very unfair for us to simply jump into conclusion. It will be appropriate for us to ensure that we are fair to everybody that includes both the people concerned. Therefore, only a proper investigation and the facts once they come out will give light to the entire situation and then we can take necessary action and we will take action if that is the case,” the Chief Minister iterated.

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HITO alleges encroachment by Assam in Khanduli

HITO alleges encroachment by Assam in Khanduli

Shillong, Jun 2: The Hynniewtrep Integrated Territorial Organisation (HITO), has written to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma over the alleged encroachment o Assam into Meghalaya’s territory in West Jaiñtia Hills district.

In the letter to the Chief Minister, the HITO stated that on the May 31 representatives from Assam under the instruction of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council Chief Executive Member, Tuliram Ronghang inspected the Land at Lum Siatmuid Khanduli West Jaintia Hills for the proposed construction of a University by the Assam government without intimation to its counterpart and the district administration of West Jaiñtia Hills District.

The HITO said that the land belongs to Meghalaya since the particular area where the proposed construction site was under the purview of the Jaiñtia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) jurisdiction and it was also a known fact that the district council in recent years had just auctioned the pine trees grown at the particular area which was planted and maintained by JHADC itself.

“As far as the knowledge of the HITO is concern the proposed construction of the university is an encroachment of land by the Assam government of not less than three kilometres from the actual border therefore we urge the government of Meghalaya to act on the matter at the earliest to avoid any unexpected incidents and circumstances to happen soon,” the HITO stated.

The HITO said that time and again such illegal encroachment of land along the border occurs directly or indirectly and therefore, it is high time for the government to raise its voice against the Assam government since the border issue was the top priority listed in the election propaganda of the National People’s Party during the last election.

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COVID 19 UPDATES: Meghalaya records 552 new positive cases, 594 recovers

‘Covid-19 cases in the state could be upto 25 times the numbers recorded’

Shillong, June 3: Meghalaya on Thursday registered 552 new COVID-19 cases, which pushed the tally of active cases to 6,352, the health department said in a bulletin.

Meanwhile, the state also records 594 new recovered cases in last 24 hours, with this the total recovered cases reaches 30,172.

09 more succumbs to the infections in last 24 hours, taking total number of fatalities from COVID-19 infection to 625 so far.

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