Shillong Press Club express concern over HNLC accusing media

Shillong Press Club express concern over HNLC accusing media

Shillong, Aug 10: The Shillong Press Club (SPC) in an emergent Google Meet convened on Tuesday evening has expressed deep concern at the tone and tenor of the HNLC statement which squarely accused the press for not publishing the proscribed outfit’s bandh calls by obeying the order of the Meghalaya High Court.

The Full Bench consisting of Chief Justice Uma Nath Singh, Justice T Nandakumar Singh and Justice S.R. Sen in its order dated 27th May 2015 specifically pronounced, “Hence, we direct that the statements of HNLC or any organization which may disturb the even tempo of day-to-day public life and cause violation of Fundamental rights of citizens in particular under Article 19 and 21 of the 12 Constitution of India relating to strike, Bandh, Hartal, Road Blockade and holding of Rallies with unlawful design shall not be issued by any of the print and electronic media. In case of violation of this order, the Court may not only proceed under the Contempt of Courts Act, but it is also directed that the State Government shall register criminal cases under appropriate provisions of the law.”

At the meeting the members were categorical in reminding all that while freedom of expression applies to the journalist as well, obedience to the law of the land in letter and spirit is also an absolute responsibility. As journalists, it is our duty to first obey the law of the land and for that matter the universal law of the world and humankind which abhors violence and senseless criminal acts while discharging our professional duties.

“May we ask if one violates a standing High Court order which assures due punishment for violators, and is harassed or even incarcerated, who will fend for the family of the journalist? Will the HNLC intervene and sort out the issue or for that matter rescue the journalist from a foreign land?” the SPC said.

According to the SPC perhaps the HNLC is not aware that journalists perform their assigned duty to the ‘T’ and it is left to the editorial heads to decide what goes and what does not and here too, the universal law of the land clearly applies to the editors as well if not more.

The SPC also reminded that issuing a threat however veiled it may be, tantamount to violation of a person’s personal liberty which also applies to the HNLC which from time to time seeks support from human rights bodies whenever it has felt wronged.

The Shillong Press Club also drew the attention of the Meghalaya High Court towards this recent event and sincerely implores upon it to comprehend the threat apprehension that the working journalist now has because of such an intimidating statement; and perhaps conceive a permanent solution to this prickly but sensitive matter.

“The journalist fraternity of Meghalaya stands firm in solidarity with one another and will continue to endeavour to serve the peace loving people of the state in the best possible manner it can, despite the many challenges and stumbling blocks throughout the journey,” the SPC said.

The Shillong Press Club has also called upon the HNLC which has always used the services of the media as a medium to announce its intentions and actions and even indicate its desire to return back home, albeit on it’s terms; to ponder over what it has communicated to the press and hopes that prudent wisdom will prevail, so that the people of the land already living a beleaguered life with so many uncertainties can at least live a life of lasting peace.

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Two injured in IED blast in Iew Shillong

One arrested for alleged involvement in IED blast

Shillong, Aug 10: An IED blast took place in the busy Iew Shillong or Laitumkhrah Market on Tuesday wherein two persons received minor injuries.

According to police, they received information that there was a blast at around 1:30 pm at Laitumkhrah market near a tea shop situated in the Parking Lot.

East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police, Sylvester Nongtnger said that as soon as they received information the bomb squad, Crime Scene Unit and dog squad were sent to the place of occurence for collection of evidences.

“During the preliminary investigation, it is ascertained that blast occurred due to IED,” Nongtnger said.

According to the Superintendent of Police, in this incident, two persons sustained minor injuries on their persons.

He also said that the wall of the tea shop and windows glasses of the adjacent building got damaged.

In this connection, a case is being registered at Laitumkhrah Police Station.

Nongtnger also said that all citizens are requested not to panic and if any abandoned or suspected item is found in their respective localities they should immediately inform the nearest local police station or Police Control Room Shillong Contact No. 0364-2222214 / 0364-2222215.

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma in a tweet has strongly condemn the IED blast.

“Home Minister, @LahkmenR & officials of @MeghalayaPolice have apprised me on the matter and further investigation is being carried out,” Sangma tweeted.

The Chief Minister later informed the media that the Cabinet has condemned the blast and said that those guilty will be punished.

According to Sangma, the government and the police department is active and has been able to unravel a sleeper cell of the HNLC, especially after the blasts in the cement factories and at the police reserve in Khliehriat, East Jaintia Hills district.

He also ruled out the resurgence of the proscribed outfit stating that preceding the blast the HNLC had sent several extortion notes to people.

The Chief Minister said that it looks more like a racket of extortion that they are trying to create and this is something the government will not allow.

Meanwhile, the HNLC has taken responsibility for the blast.

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COVID 19 UPDATES: Meghalaya records 411 new positive cases, 707 recovers, 11 deaths

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

Shillong, Aug 10: Meghalaya on Tuesday registered 411 new COVID-19 cases, which pushed the tally of active cases to 4,427, the health department said in a bulletin.

Meanwhile, the state also records 707 new recovered cases in last 24 hours, with this the total recovered cases reaches 64,157.

11 more succumbs to the infections in last 24 hours, taking total number of fatalities from COVID-19 infection to 1,185 so far.


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