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A formal complaint was lodged against the Circle Inspector (CI) of Nongstoin Police Station, Deven Mawlen, to the Meghalaya Director General of Police (DGP) by Thakiel Sangma, over allegations of the CI refusing to act on a complaint filed by him against a group of assaulters.
“There is no separate law for different citizens, and it applies to all without partiality. We are highly aggrieved at how the CI is handling the case against a bunch of criminals, allowing them to take the law into their hands with them being left free,” Sangma said.
According to Sangma, the gatekeeper of the Mahari gate lodged a First Information Report (FIR) at Shallang after a group of people led by Choka Sangma allegedly assaulted him on January 22.
The assaulters allegedly came with khukris, sticks, catapults and stones to attack the Mahari gate that had been contracted to collect fees for the Aking.
The FIR also named the attackers as Damsing Sangma, Gabriel Marak, Lam Sangma, Loge Sangma, Genda Sangma, Josua Sangma, Gatwin Momin, Panteng Sangma, Dodi Sangma, Albin Sangma and Stal Marak along with others.
The FIR stated that they are all residents of Nengchigre village under Songsak in East Garo Hills.
The group allegedly burnt down the kutcha gatehouse while fleeing with the receipts, registers, receipts for toll collection, seal, bedding, clothes, utensils, solar batteries and other materials.
They also stole Rs 50,000.
Thakiel alleged the CI had interfered with the FIRs.
“Instead of registering the FIR and arresting the criminals, the CI threatened the complainant with arrest for filing the FIR against those above group led by Choka Sangma and Damsing Sangma of Songsak,” Thakiel said.
Thakiel urged the DGP to issue directions to the CI to not interfere into the case personally and to allow the concerned OC to deal with the matter as per the law.
He also demanded the arrest of all whose names were mentioned in the FIR.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)