At a time when the people of Meghalaya are opposing the imposition of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), a sensational incident of killing two civilians mistakenly by the Army has made their agitation much stronger.
According to information provided by police, ‘Alphius M Momin, (35) a school teacher and Sweetbirth D Marak (30), a vendor who were travelling on a motorcycle at around 8:40 pm were shot dead by army personnel who were out on patrol in that area’.
Police further informs that the motorcyclists did not heed warnings to stop and tried to drive through forcing the personnel to open fire. Army also claims that the two-wheeler did not sport a number plate and had ‘faulty’ headlights when it was ordered to halt.
It is to be mentioned here that, immediately after the incidents, both the family members have filed FIRs with North Garo Hills Police seeking action against the perpetrators of the cold blooded murder of their loved ones.
Meanwhile, the Army has ordered a detailed investigation in this connection, Lt.Col. Suneet Newton, PRO (Defence) through a press statement said, ‘Based on specific information about the movement of GNLA terrorists on motorcycles, from Kharkutta to Khilor, Army troops had established a mobile vehicle check post at approximately 8:30 pm on 25th November and had been checking all motorcycles that were passing by.
He further said, ‘However, besides a magisterial enquiry, we have also ordered a detailed investigation of the incident’.