Police are yet to arrest the miscreants who were involved in the assault and vandalism at a rally taken out against unemployment organised by the FKJGP in the city on October 28.
The rally saw a large gathering of youths who marched from Motphran to the Fire Brigade Ground in Laitumkhrah, shouting slogans and carrying flags and banners.
At least three persons were injured and a number of vehicles and two-wheelers damaged as marchers turned berserk and started attacking pedestrians and commuters along the road in Khyndai Lad and Dhankheti.
Many of the masked marchers punched, kicked and pushed passers-by indiscriminately, causing panic and huge traffic jams. At Dhankheti junction, people were beaten up with flag poles while shopkeepers downed shutters in panic.
Police have registered two cases in connection with the violence. However, till date no arrest has been made although investigation has started.
According to police, there was difficulty in identifying the miscreants involved in the assault and vandalism as they mostly wore masks and caps.
“However, we are making all efforts to trace them,” a senior police official said.
A show-cause notice has been issued to the FKJGP by the East Khasi Hills administration for allegedly failing to abide by the conditions given for holding a rally.
“We have served a show-cause notice on the organisation for not adhering to the conditions. The organisation was told to ensure that the rally is held in a peaceful manner. It couldn’t do that,” East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner Isawanda Laloo said.
The FKJGP had organised a rally in the city demanding that the State government fill up vacant posts in various departments, and offer other employment opportunities to youth.
FKJGP president Dundee C. Khongsit while apologising for the incident said he did not expect that such an untoward incident would take place.