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Monday , January 28 , 2013
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NGO flays ‘frivolous’ arrests

Shillong, Jan. 27: The Civil Society Women’s Organisation (CSWO) today flayed the state police for arresting youths on “frivolous” charges, as yet another youth was picked up yesterday from West Jaintia Hills district on suspicion of being a Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) overground worker.

Nangaibormi Sutnga was arrested yesterday from his residence in Iooksi locality under Jowai police station in West Jaintia Hills. Earlier, on Thurday, seven youths were arrested from different localities here on the same charge.

The NGO expressed shock over the youths’ arrest for voicing their frustration on Facebook and “befriending” HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw on the social networking site.

“Putting frivolous charges on them is not at all acceptable when that very force (the police) is scared to even register an FIR filed against ministers and officers involved in the teachers’ recruitment scam and other scams,” CSWO president Agnes Kharshiing said in a statement.

According to her, the police were scared to make arrests on the land scam at New Shillong Township where an FIR had been filed in April 2012, rapists who are known to politicians and those who forged the daily wages of labourers under the NREGS scheme.

“This act deserves to be condemned and the law keepers themselves are the law breakers when they are not implementing their constitutional duty,” she said.

Kharshiing said taking action and arresting youths on mere suspicions was unfounded and could not be tolerated, as the duty of the state was not to pick up youths on suspicion. “When the police arrests rapists whom they know, they provide them cover, away from the media. But for these youths, the media was informed to show off the fake acts of the police so as to justify their unjustified act,” she said.

She demanded release of the youths and since there was normality and no disturbance from the HNLC for quite some time, the Centre should be informed to request the group to come for negotiations so that violence did not erupt, especially before the elections.

“The state should try their level best to bring about peace as it is the failure of governance that is mostly driving the youths towards retaliation and revolt. If demands are not met, the CSWO invites all the unemployed youth, the oppressed, the poor and marginalised groups to unite and we shall start a campaign to fight injustice and abuse of power by those in governance,” she said.