President of the Civil Society Women’s Organisation (CSWO), Agnes Kharshiing, has urged Chief Secretary, MS Rao, to investigate a police officer in Ri-Bhoi who allegedly snatched away a phone belonging to one Kronding Nongbsap, a member of the public who was concerned that overloaded trucks were using the weakened Dwar Ksuid Bridge, which was against official orders.
The police officer, Amit Sinha, had allegedly snatched the phone that Nongbsap was using to take videos of the trucks, on December 30. Nongbsap has filed an FIR in this regard.
He had told Highland Post that he, along with some members of the Hynniewtrep People’s Federation (HPF), were keeping an eye on trucks that they suspected to have been carrying loads above the 10 tonne limit over the weakened bridge and then called Sinha, who said that nothing could be done about the matter. It was only after Nongbsap then phoned the Superintendent of Police that Sinha arrived and allegedly seized the phone. The complainant had also reportedly been accosted by one Bajop Maring.
“In this regard we strongly condemn the threat to the common man by a policeman in uniform who should be serving the interests of the public and not the violators and trying to abuse his power and snatching the mobile which is an evidence for the violators who were putting danger over the Dwar Ksuid Bridge which could be also putting lives in danger,” Kharshiing said. “We urge the Chief Secretary to investigate the corruption of Amit Sinha and his links with those who are trying to violate the government orders and urge that sincere police officers are appointed to investigate the deep corruption in order that contents of the mobile phone may not be deleted, which may falsely accuse by framing Kronding Nongbsap, who is only getting videos to show the facts over the Dwar Ksuid Bridge.”