Shillong, May 28 : A Meghalaya Home Guard Volunteer was killed and two others injured were injured after a speeding vehicle rammed over the police barricade at Khliehtyrshi, Jowai Bypass in West Jaintia Hills district on Wednesday night amid a nationwide lockdown to check the spread of COVID-19, a police official said on Thursday.
A police official said the driver of the vehicle bearing Assam registration number AS 11 H 1957 Samim Ahmed Mazarbhuiya of Assam’s Cachar district was arrested this morning after an extensive hunt throughout the night. The vehicle was proceeding to Assam’s main city of Guwahati via Shillong from Silchar.
Superintendent of Police for West Jaintia Hills, Lakardor Syiem said the policemen, who were manning the check point placed with drums and fluorescent barricades, signaled the driver of the vehicle to stop. However, the driver instead of stopping rammed the barricades and dragged and in the process killed Home Guard Volunteer Lucky Dhar and injured Havildar R.Dkhar of 4th Meghalaya Police battalion and a civilian Danny Dkhar.
Havildar Dkhar has been referred to North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Shillong for further medical treatment. Syiem said the driver fled the scene after the incident leading to a massive manhunt through the night. The vehicle was later intercepted about two kilometer from the place of occurrence, but the accused fled into the nearby jungle taking advantage of the darkness. After a massive search operation was conducted which continued till Thursday morning, the accused driver and three occupants of the vehicle were detained. The occupants were later released. Meanwhile, police have registered a case against the driver and interrogation is on. (UNI)