| Social activist Angela Rangad speaks near the SP’s office to protest against the eviction drive and arrest of Agnes Kharshiing. Picture by UB Photos |
Shillong, Nov. 11: A lower court will tomorrow decide whether bail should be granted to land rights activist and Civil Society Women’s Organisation (CSWO) president, Agnes Kharshiing.
Kharshiing’s counsel, Poonam Yadav, took up the bail plea before the court of first class judicial magistrate R. Rymbai here.
The court also received a report submitted by the investigating officer of Rynjah police station where cases were registered against Kharshiing.
The activist was arrested on November 8 for allegedly obstructing an eviction drive carried out by the Meghalaya Urban Development Authority (MUDA).
Several houses of the villagers at Umsawli and Mawlong-Mawtari area, where the proposed New Shillong Township is located, were demolished.
Kharshiing was remanded in 14 days’ judicial custody.
During the hearing, Yadav pleaded with the court to grant bail to the CSWO president and argued that objection to the bail plea by the investigating officer C.K. Marak had no reasonable ground.
The court, which reserved its verdict, will issue an order tomorrow on whether to grant bail to the arrested activist.
On Saturday, the court had kept the bail plea in abeyance and sought a report from the police in connection with Kharshiing’s arrest.
Kharshiing, on the other hand, has lodged a complaint at Rynjah police station that on Friday, around 8am, MUDA secretary T. Lyngwa, and additional district magistrates D.M. Wahlang and I. Majaw and others, had “illegally trespassed” into the residence and shop of Bokstar Lyngdoh and Tridik Lyngdoh at Mawtari Mawlong village.
In another FIR filed before the same police station, one Jropsila Kharkongor alleged that Lyngwa, Wahlang, Majaw and others had illegally trespassed and demolished her two shops at Umsawli village.