Shillong, Sept. 9: The Congress office in Meghalaya’s South West Khasi Hills district was today set on fire. But no major damage was reported.
At about 6.30am, some people saw smoke emanating through the ventilators of the office building of the party in Mawkyrwat, about 65km from here.
South West Khasi Hills superintendent of police Debangshu Sangma said goons used a stick with a kerosene-soaked cloth tied to it for igniting the fire.
Subsequently, the stick was hurled into the building via an open window, Sangma said. Some plastic chairs and a few curtains were damaged in the blaze, he added.
Upon learning about the incident, fire tenders rushed to the spot. “It is the handiwork of miscreants,” the SP said.
He, however, ruled out the possibility of the incident having any connection with the ongoing agitation for the implementation of the inner-line permit (ILP) in the state.
An FIR has been filed and investigations are on.
The Meghalaya PCC expressed its deep shock at the “dastardly attack”, and said the office was “completely gutted”.
While condemning “this act of cowardice and intimidation”, the party said any differences in views and opinions should be expressed at the correct platform in a right manner and with respect to the views and opinion of others.