SHILLONG, Nov 29: The clamor against the high – handedness of Army that resulted in killing of two civilians in a case of ‘mistaken identity’ in Garo Hills has been rising on a daily basis, with many seeking justice by booking the culprits behind the act. The latest entrant to join the chorus is the Grand Council of Chiefs of Meghalaya (GCCM).
GCCM has sought the intervention of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) into the alleged ‘willful killing’ in Meghalaya’s North Garo Hills District while terming it as a violation of tribal rights.
In a letter submitted to the NCST chairperson Dr Rameshwar Oraon on Sunday, GCCM chairman John F Kharshiing said, “We urge the Commission to take up this matter of serious atrocity committed on the Scheduled Tribes by the concerned security personnel who could have used other means to conduct checks along the highways.”
SHILLONG, Nov 29: As a move to pressurize the state government to immediately disclose the findings of inquiry into the Mookhep firing-incident which killed two civilians last year, two NGOs from Jaintia Hills region will be staging a black-flag protest march in the city on Monday.
The march which has been called by the Jaintia National Council (JNC), which includes the EJNC and WJNC, and the Hynniewtrep Achik National Movement (HANM) will start from Malki Ground and culminate in the parking lot near the State’s Additional Secretariat.
SHILLONG, Nov 29: Traditional chieftains on Sunday urged the functionaries of all the Dorbar Shnongs not to have any doubts on the fresh Sanad (appointment) issued by the KHADC, while executing their duties in their respective jurisdictions.
The Synjuk Ki Nongsynshar Shnong Ka Bri Hynniewtrep (SNSBH) felt it necessary to clarify on the matter, following the recent statement made by a top government official that the Sanad issued was not as per provision of law.
Kathmandu, Nov 28 (IANS): Members of the Communist Party of Nepal- Maoist on Saturday said they set on fire a vehicle belonging to the Indian embassy here. However, both police and embassy officials refuted the claim.
SHILLONG, Nov 29: A day before the 15 – day deadline served to the government to transfer the West Jaintia Hills (WJH) Deputy Commissioner Kumar Kembhavi and Additional SP Shemphang Syrti for allegedly ordering lathi-charge against students’ community expires, 13 NGOs from Jaintia Hills have threatened to resort to agitation if the state government fails to heed to their demand.
In a joint press statement issued here on Sunday, the NGOs said, “We will soon sit to decide our next course of action if the state government fails to immediately remove the two and all those responsible into the incident of lathi-charge, which has injured several students.”
Jamshedpur, Nov 29 (IANS): Sumanti Bhagat, a petite 30-year-old Oraon tribal woman, famous among her tribe for her paintings, uses some sophisticated techniques that could put many contemporary artists to shame.
Bhagat, who has been living in Jaspurnagar since her birth, hand paints on canvases Oraon symbols and images that are unique among her tribe's day-to-day living.
Bhagat says simplicity is the key to leading a happy life. She is mostly seen in a white linen red-bordered saree and feathers stuck in her hair. Bhagat feels she is lucky to have a tool in her hand - her art - by which she can know more about the "non-tribal" society.
SHILLONG, Nov 28: The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of North Garo Hills (NGH) district, Sibi Sadhu has on Saturday ordered a magisterial probe into the killing of two civilians which happened at Karkutta on November 26, 2015.
The army, which had opened fire on the two civilians who were on board a motorcycle had later clarified that the case is one of ‘mistaken identity’. It had also claimed that the army personnel had opened fire on the two after they failed to comply with an order to stop for checking which was being conducted by the army in the area to apprehend two Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) cadres who were also reportedly on board a motorcycle.