16 people have been arrested on Wednesday in Phulbari violence case.
Informing this, Chief Electoral Officer FR Kharkongor said, “More will be arrested tonight.”
“All efforts are being undertaken by Election machinery to ensure free and fair elections,” he added.
Following Tuesday’s late night incident at Charbatapara booth in Phulbari assembly constituency of West Garo Hills where a scuffle broke out between TMC and NPP supporters, three companies of the Central Armed Police Force have been actively deployed in the entire plain belt.
The incident took place at around 10.45 pm.
Earlier, the Chief Electoral Officer FR Kharkongor said 2 cognizable cases were registered by the police and 125 persons have been bounded over.
“In connection with last night’s incident, apart from the registration of 2 cognizable cases, 125 persons have been bound over by police today. Court has issued notice for appearance tomorrow. They will be made to execute bonds,” Kharkongor said.
Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) and sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) along with Block Development Officers (BDOs) are deployed and stationed in the area.
“CAPF is undertaking intensive area domination. All concerned trouble mongers will be bound down under CrPC 107,” Kharkongor said.
“Situation is under control,” the officer added.
Meghalaya TMC candidate lambasts NPP for allegedly resorting to violence
Meghalaya TMC candidate from Phulbari TMC candidate SG Esmatur Mominin on Wednesday slammed NPP and alleged that the NPP cadres led by the Shyamnagar MDC have exercised this ‘shameful act of barbarism’.
In a press statement issued by AITC Meghalaya, Mominin said, “I condemn the brutal attack orchestrated by the NPP workers. I learned that the Shyamnagar MDC provoked this incident and is the proprietor of the crime. I request the ECI conduct a proper inquiry to reveal the truth and unearth what happened. This is a very shocking and serious matter. I hope the authorities will take appropriate action and ensure fair and free elections.” The leader also asserted that NPP is irked by the overwhelming support and unwavering confidence shown by the people towards Meghalaya TMC.
Narrating the night of daunting horror, the Meghalaya TMC leader said, “A huge procession of NPP workers abruptly started pelting stones, and bricks targeting the house where I was having a party meeting. Five of the party workers were injured, while one of them — Nozrul Hoque — was taken to Goalpara as referred by the Phulbari Hospital since he was gravely injured in the attack. The police witnessed how the NPP workers vandalised the premises and exhibited terror mongering.”
In the press statement, the Meghalaya TMC leader slammed the NPP for peddling fake propaganda using media outlets and termed the baseless allegations ‘false and fabricated.’ “I got to know from news reports that TMC workers attacked NPP. The allegations that are labelled against TMC workers are false, baseless, and fabricated. Thousands of people who had witnessed the brutal behaviour of NPP workers,” he said.