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Meghalaya minister to submit report today

Shillong, Oct. 11: The mining and geology minister of Meghalaya, Donkupar Massar, accused of assaulting four road labourers at Borsora in West Khasi Hills district, said today that he would submit a report to chief minister Donkupar Roy tomorrow.

The joint committee on assault on labourers, formed by nine NGOs from West Khasi Hills, yesterday met Roy and demanded that he drop the minister from the cabinet within 10 days for misbehaviour.

Roy, however, reportedly told the NGOs that as he was heading a coalition government, the matter would be discussed by the co-ordination committee of the Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) next week.

Massar said during his visit to Borsora, he had only prevented the road labourers from working on the land that belonged to him. “I also raised an objection with the PWD for road construction on a 4km-stretch in Borsora,” Massar said.

Massar said he had only asked the labourers to call the manager who had appointed them. “But when they fled the construction site, I asked my securitymen to trace them so that they could call the manager.”

The South West Khasi Youth Federation first took up the issue and wanted Roy to take action against the minister. The federation, with the assistance of eight other NGOs from West Khasi Hills, later formed the joint committee.

According to the president of the federation, Basant Lyngdoh, during his visit to Borsora on October 3 and 4, Massar had assaulted four road labourers and said the PWD road on which the labourers were working belonged to him.

The federation, with the support of other organisations, passed a resolution demanding dismissal of Massar from the ministry. “We will not allow him to come to West Khasi Hills anymore, if no action is taken against him,” Lyngdoh said.

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