Woman activist seeks CBI probe into assault

first_imgOne of the two activists assaulted allegedly by a mob in Meghalaya’s coal-rich East Jaintia Hills district on November 8 has said that there was no hope for “meaningful investigation” into their case because of the nexus between the police and the coal mafia.A mob of about 40 people had attacked Agnes Kharshiing and Amita Sangma of Civil Society Women’s Organisation when they were following trucks carrying illegally-stocked coal.On Thursday, Ms. Sangma submitted an affidavit in the Meghalaya High Court seeking a probe into the case by the CBI. She underlined the nexus between the police and coal miners and traders who were carrying on illegal extraction despite a ban by the National Green Tribunal.‘Larger conspiracy’ “…some persons lower down will be prosecuted to make a show of an investigation being done but it is impossible, because of the connivance of the police with the coal mafia, that the larger conspiracy will be unearthed,” she said in the affidavit.Ms. Sangma also submitted photos of Nidamon Chullet, the prime accused in the assault case and a National People’s Party leader, posing with Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma besides referring to an FIR filed by Marshall Biam, the chairman of North East Indigenous People’s Federation.In his FIR on November 8 at the Khliehriat police station, Mr. Biam had alleged that the East Jaintia Hills Superintendent of Police Sylvester Nongtnger had forced him to withdraw a complaint against coal dealers.Five arrested“Many prominent politicians run coal mine business in the names of their relatives, family members and friends and this connection would undermine the investigation. This is why I pray for a direction to the CBI to do so,” she said in the affidavit.The police have so far arrested five people in connection with the assault case.last_img