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Parties condemn killing of candidate

Tura: The killing of Jonathone N. Sangma, NCP candidate from Williamnagar constituency, has sent shockwaves in poll-bound Meghalaya with condemnations pouring in from all quarters on Monday.

Chief minister Mukul Sangma said: "Deeply saddened to hear the unexpected loss of Jonathone N. Sangma. My heartfelt condolence to his near and dear ones. The blood of innocent people spilled by enemies of the state will not disturb peace in Meghalaya. This desperate act will not be tolerated. The perpetrators of the crime will be apprehended expeditiously and brought to book."

NPP chief Conrad K. Sangma condemned the killing and termed it "a cowardly and merciless act of killing of innocent people".

"The attack is an assault on democracy and freedom of the people of Meghalaya. We will not be cowered down by fear and intimidation; we promise that we will not let their sacrifice go in vain. We resolve to continue fight against violence of all forms and work for peace and development to lift our state from the bondage of fear and oppression," he said.

The Garo Students' Union (GSU), in a statement, expressed deep regret. "It is not only tragic but also could be a precursor or an indication of more political killings. Every person has rights and aspirations as a candidate in a democratic set-up. This fratricidal act is very unfortunate and this trend must be nipped in the bud," #GSU president Tengsak G. Momin said in a statement here on Monday.

Chairman of the Civil Society Women's Organisation Agnes Kharshiing condoled the deaths.

A conglomeration of several organisations of Williamnagar also condemned the killings.

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