NGOs under the banner of the ‘Sur Ki Nong Mawlai’ on Friday threatened to intensify protests against the state government for turning a deaf ear to the demand for suspending the top police officials to ensure a free and fair investigation into the alleged killing of the former HNLC leader Cherishterfield Thangkhiew on August 13.
This clear message was given during a surprise demonstration by activists of the KSU, FKJGP and HNYF infront of the government secretariat.
The protesters shouted slogans “No suspension of the top cops, no rest” even as they climbed the railing of the secretariat and hanged banners demanding justice for the former general secretary of the banned militant outfit.
The protesters were also shaking the gate of the secretariat when security personnel snatched the banner while they were trying to tie it on the gate.
Speaking to media persons, KSU leader Rapborlang Nongrum said the failure of the state government to listen to the voice of the people has only provoked them especially the youth to take up more agitations to ensure justice is achieved.
Nongrum said that the demand for suspension of the three police officials – DGP, SP East Jaintia Hills and SP Traffic – is to also send a strong message to the people in power that “the people of the state will never accept killing of any suspect and that too infront of their children.”
He added that the state police can arrest anyone whom they suspect of associating with illegal activities but killing in the name of raids is condemnable and those involved should not be allowed to go scot-free.
He also urged the people to support the agitation of the Sur Ki Nong Mawlai to ensure that such incident is not repeated in the future.
When asked on their next course of action, Nongrum said that if the government continues to be adamant in its attitude, the ‘Sur ki Nong Mawlai’ along with other NGOs of the state will sit to chalk out agitational programmes in the coming days.