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A timber bridge connecting the village of Ruga to other parts of the Garo Hills region was allegedly set on fire by unidentified miscreants on January 4, leading to the bridge being closed for heavy traffic since the incident.
The village which falls under the jurisdiction of South Garo Hills (SGH) district with the bridge connecting the village to Dimapara and further to the NH -62.
As per reports, the incident took place at about 10:30 pm on January 4. The fire was quickly doused by villagers, though some damage had already been done prior to the situation coming under control.
A police team from Dimapara outpost later visited the site of the incident before a case was registered.
“A case has been registered in the matter and investigation is currently on. We have also informed the PWD on the bridge being damaged so that repairs can be undertaken,” confirmed Superintendent of Police, SGH, Priyangshu Pandey.
Condemning the incident, the FKJGP (Gasuapara Circle) has come down heavily on the unidentified people behind the damage caused to the bridge.
“This kind of act is shameful and condemnable, as it is going to create inconvenience to many people. We would like to also urge the PWD to take up the matter of repair of the damaged bridge on an emergency scale so that normalcy can return to those people affected by this act of lunacy,” said general secretary of FKJGP(Gasuapara), Kalsrang Marak.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)