Six families in Mawkyrwat have petitioned South West Khasi Hills district Deputy Commissioner, Caramai Kharkongor alleging police excesses.
In a letter to the DC, the families said that police are using force against their children as they bore wounds and marks. This was evident after they visited the Mawkyrwat police station, they stated.
While the letter did not specify on what grounds they were arrested or detained by police, the families said, “They were accused of being involved in illegal activities.”
The families said they are not against the arrest but using force to cause injury is against Section 330 IPC.
Furthermore, they alleged that raids are conducted during the night and police are under the influence of alcohol which has brought about insecurity amongst women and children.
It is learnt that South West Khasi Hills police are conducting an extensive search of persons involved in the Umoid attack on February 24.
Eight workers from Assam who were engaged in construction of the administrative block and girls’ hostel of St. Xavier’s College were attacked by a group of about 20-30 masked men inside one of the rooms while they were fast asleep. One of the workers, Raju Mondal succumbed to his injuries while seven others were injured.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that a government official will visit Mawkyrwat on Friday to conduct an enquiry which will be submitted to the Meghalaya Human Rights Commission (MHRC), which has taken a suo motu cognizance of the attack.