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Members of the Non-Gazetted Employees Association (NGEA) of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), Meghalaya on December 30 filed a complaint against the officer in charge (OC) of the Tura Police Station after the OC allegedly refused to accept an FIR against the secretary to the GHADC, Rikse Marak.
NGEA filed the complaint against the OC under Sec 154 (3) of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973.
In their complaint to the superintendent of police (SP), West Garo Hills (WGH), the NGEA members alleged that on December 18, they had filed a complaint against the secretary accusing her of taking out important files from the office on a state-declared holiday, that too in the evening hours.
On the same day, the secretary also filed a counter-FIR against the NGEA members for protesting in the GHADC and not allowing staff to attend office.
“We are highly aggrieved and dissatisfied by the OC, who despite receiving the FIR on the same day, has not registered the complaint against the secretary. This shows he has malafide intentions and, is trying to protect the secretary from legal action,” alleged the NGEA members in their complaint.
December 18 was a state holiday on account of the 78th death anniversary of Khasi laureate, U Soso Tham.
“On Dec 18, while she (Rikse) was in Shillong, she sent a peon, Karny Marak, to take out files from the office at about 5:45 pm. This is highly illegal, as there was no written order from the administrator of GHADC allowing such action,” they added.
They alleged that Karny Marak forced the chowkidar to open the gate, and when he was stopped by the NGEA members, he threatened them with dire consequences.
“It was a state holiday when the FIR was filed, so even if we were protesting, action should have been initiated by the deputy commissioner and not by the secretary. Her FIR is being investigated, but ours is being sat upon,” alleged the NGEA members.
Speaking on the issue, the SP of WGH, Dr MGR Kumar said that he was yet to see the complaint first hand but would direct his officers to take up the matter earnestly.
“I will seek a detailed report from the supervisory officer for necessary action if any,” said Dr Kumar.
(Edited by Laxmi Chyrmang)