Five security personnel were injured in a mob attack on Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma’s office. Mr. Sangma is unharmed. But he is still inside his office in Tura as hundreds of people surround the compound.
Garo hill-based civil society groups are on hunger strike demanding the establishment of a winter capital at Tura.
Trouble started this evening when hundreds of people gathered outside the Chief Minister’s office and started pelting stones. Five security personnel were injured in the attack. They were brought to Mr. Sangma’s office.
The visuals show injured security personnel lying on the floor, with Mr. Sangma tending to them.
Although Mr. Sangma is safe, he is unable to leave the office as protesters block the entrance.
The chief minister’s office said that the situation is under control but there is tension.
While Mr. Sangma was speaking to the protesters, some of the crowd started pelting stones. Civil society groups claiming winter capital in Tura include Achik and GHSMC.
Mr. Sangma asked the protesters to meet to discuss their demands for the winter capital and save jobs. It will be attended by Cabinet Ministers and related parties. He asked the organizations to end their protests before starting discussions in the state capital next month.
Sources said Mr. Sangma was discussing the matter with civil society organizations for over three hours, when some people in the crowd – allegedly not part of the parties – gathered outside the chief minister’s office and started pelting stones. Police fired tear gas to control the crowd.