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TURA: The youth wing of the United Democratic Party (UDP) has called for the state to take immediate steps for the medical expenses of the five victims of the Garobadha dacoity.
On Jan 24, a group of about 20 dacoits attacked the Ghosh house in Garobadha in West Garo Hills (WGH) leaving five members of the household with severe injuries from sharp weapons. The head of the household, Tapan Ghosh was hit on his head with a 'khukri'.
The incident left 55 year Tapan Ghosh and four members of his family with severe wounds with Tapan being the worst hit.
The youth wing of the party which went to the incident spot yesterday felt the entire incident reeked of lethargy mainly due to the failure of the police team to react quickly to an emergency situation despite only being a stone's throw away from the police station.
The family has since been facing an unprecedented crisis over the medical expenses incurred with over Rs 10 lakhs already being spent and Ghosh requiring almost Rs 50,000 daily.
"The family is under duress at this point of time and we urge the state government to take responsibility for their medical expenses. Law and order is the state's responsibility and when the police station is so close, the delayed police action has cost the family dearly. The state has to take responsibility for the relapse," said Anand Marak, the joint secretary.
The party severely condemned the attack on the 5 of the family calling for security personnel to be stationed near the area.
"Being close to the border with Assam, the place is prone to attacks from criminals. We request the villagers demand for providing patrolling on a permanent basis to ease the tension of the people living in the area," added Marak.
Marak felt the local MLA of the constituency of Rangsakona, Zenith M Sangma needed to assist the family in their time of crisis.
The villagers yesterday further appealed to the MeECL to work on the load shedding time table.
"The load shedding is still the same time (12 am to 3 am). This darkness may be used once again by the criminals to attack. We would request the department to consider a different time for load shedding so that criminals cannot take advantage of darkness," said a resident of Garobadha.
The aggrieved family however is still running from pillar to post to ensure they are able to meet the medical expenses of Ghosh.
"He is still not responding to treatment and doctors are monitoring him. We don't know who to approach. We have lost almost everything and are praying that things work out," said eldest son Tapash Ghosh from Guwahati.