Meghalaya: Crowd surrounded the office of CM Conrad Sangma, fiercely stone pelting, 5 security personnel injured in the clash

By Priyanka Tiwari July 24, 2023 10:52 PM IST

Meghalaya. Hundreds of angry people gheraoed the office of Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Monday. During this, there was a clash between the protesters and the security personnel, in which at least five security personnel were injured. CM Sangma was present inside the campus at the time of the incident. However, he is completely safe and is staying indoors due to security concerns.

Actually Chief Minister Conrad Sangma was holding an important meeting with various protesting civic bodies including ACHIK, GHSMC. The discussion between them went on for more than three hours in the CM’s office. Meanwhile, a huge crowd gathered outside the campus and started raising slogans. The furious mob also pelted stones during this period and also broke the windows of the CM office.

At the same time, in retaliation, the police fired tear gas shells to disperse the crowd gathered there. At least five security personnel have been injured in this clash so far. While the Chief Minister’s Office said in a comment, the situation has been brought under control, but the situation remains ‘very tense’.

CM Office’s Public Relations Officer said, ‘Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma was discussing with the Garo-Hills based agitating organizations who are on hunger strike for the winter capital in Tura. Meanwhile, a crowd (besides agitating groups) gathered at the CMO in Tura and started pelting stones. Police fired tear gas shells to disperse the crowd. 5 policemen were injured. CM and Public Health Engineering (PHE) Minister are monitoring the matter in CMO Tura.

Civic bodies distance themselves from protesters
The people of the civic bodies who are meeting with the CM have distanced themselves from this attack. He said that the people involved in the mob are not his and he has nothing to do with this attack. Sangma had invited all the organizations on hunger strike for a detailed discussion in the presence of other cabinet ministers and stakeholders on reservation in capital and jobs.

In the meeting, Sangma appealed to the protesting organizations to come forward to end the strike. Another meeting is likely to be held in Shillong on August 8 or 9 in the presence of all stakeholders.

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