The Trinamool Congress has urged Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to issue immediate order for the arrest of the Assam policemen involved in the Mukroh firing incident that claimed six lives including five villagers from Mukroh.
In a letter to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today, All India Trinamool Congress spokesman, Saket S. Gokhale expressed shock that the perpetrators of the Mukroh murder case have not yet been arrested and continue to roam free.
“People residing in the Assam-Meghalaya border areas (especially the ones that you gifted to Assam without consultations) have repeatedly told us how they’re intimidated by forces from Assam who trespass into Meghalaya territory. The Mukroh case is a cold-blooded murder and must be called as such. By not arresting the accused perpetrators, you are giving them a free hand to intimidate any possible witnesses to the incident and are enabling them to even destroy evidence,” Gokhale said.
Asking the chief minister to clarify as to why no arrests have been made in the case even a week after the murder, Gokhale said that this raised serious questions about a concerted attempt to dilute the case “due to pressure from your ally BJP as well as Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma”.
“That the lives of innocent people of Meghalaya are being sacrificed at the altar of NPP and BJP’s political ambitions is deplorable,” Gokhale said in the letter to Sangma.
He also requested Sangma to issue orders for the immediate arrest of the accused Assam policemen and for them to be taken into custody by Meghalaya Police.
“This is an issue that goes above politics and we will NOT allow the killing of five innocent Meghalayans to be buried for the ruling party’s political expediency,” Gokhale added.