Shillong, Mar 10 : Meghalaya police on Tuesday arrested 24 people for killing a 24-year-old man and injuring two others, over a suspicion that they were ‘menshohnoh’ or hire-killers, police said. On Sunday, a mob of people waylaid a group of nine picnickers and attacked them with rods and sticks at Pashang village after they were proceeding home from a picnic in Syntung village, a tourist destination under Mawkynrew Block in East Khasi Hills district, suspecting them to be hire-killers.
The deceased was identified as Macmillan Kharshandi, while two others who received grievous head injuries include Ricky Dkhar and Teiborlang Kharbyngar. “We have arrested 24 persons this morning in connection with Sunday’s incident,” Superintendent of Police for East Khasi Hills district, Claudia Lyngwa told UNI. Out of the 24 arrested persons, she said four accused has been sent awarded 3 days police custody and the rest were sent to judicial custody.
Initially, police have picked up 27 persons but three others were released after they were verified that they were juveniles. Meanwhile, Sordar (Village Chief) of Syntung, Robert Pale on Tuesday clarifies that the barbarian acts on the visitors did not occurred within his village jurisdiction. “The incident occured 10 km away from Syntung and none of the villagers from Syntung were involved in the incident,” Pale told reporters. Refusing to reveal the names of those involved in attacking the picnickers, the village chief said, “I don’t recogonise even one from the 1000s mob who assulted the boys that came from various villages in the area. But many of the people in the unruly mob who were under the influence of alcohol.”
However, Pale assured that the village dorbar will cooperate with the police with their investigation and will not spare anyone who are involved in the crime. Meanwhile, Meghalaya BJP Unit and Khasi Students’ Union, Mawkynrew Unit strongly condemned the incident. Urging the people to refrain from such superstitious beliefs which only end up in the loss of precious lives, BJP State president Ernest Mawrie also urged the state government to take stern action against the culprits. Mawrie also urged the government to provide compensation to the family of the deceased and financial assistance to the injured.
Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said that the government is contemplating to come up with a law to take stern action against those involved in mob lynching, the home minister said laws are already there to punish people involved in such killings. Rymbui said the police will speed up the process of investigation and prosecution. Asked if compensation be extended to the victim’s family, the Home Minister said that he is still waiting for a detailed report to know how the incident had taken place. (UNI)