Death of Assam labourers
“In the letter, we have mentioned about the steps taken by the Government. We have also mentioned about the inquiry constituted by the police to inquire into the incident”
SHILLONG, April 10: Meghalaya Home Minister Roshan Warjri today said that the government will wait for the report of the probe into the death of 14 labourers from Assam in East Jaintia Hills district on Sunday.
Terming the deaths as an “unfortute incident”, Warjri said that prelimiry reports suggested that the labourers collected fruits from a nearby forest where they were camping and ate them on Sunday evening and subsequently were found dead the next morning.
“We will be able to get a clearer picture on the causes of the death of these labourers once the inquiry is completed,” the Home Minister said while addressing media persons after her meeting with senior government officials to discuss the death of the labourers from Assam here on Friday.
“We will wait for the inquiry report constituted by the police to probe into this incident,” Warjri added.
It may be mentioned that the Meghalaya government had asked inspector-general (law and order) A. Sunn to conduct the inquiry.
Moreover, the State government has also written to Assam government giving details of the incident.
“In the letter, we have mentioned about the steps taken by the Government. We have also mentioned about the inquiry constituted by the police to inquire into the incident,” Additiol Chief Secretary KS Kropha said.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has asked additiol chief secretary Shyam Lal Mewara to inquire into the circumstances leading to the labourers’ death.
Meanwhile, Kropha also informed that the Assam Chief Secretary has sought the cooperation of Meghalaya into the inquiry constituted by Assam.
Meghalaya Director General of Police Rajiv Mehta informed that they are in touch with the Assam police so that there is no law and order problem in view of this incident.
Meghalaya police suspected that 14 labourers died after consuming chutney made of a wild fruit, known locally as Soh Khuaitur on Sunday night. They were found dead in a makeshift tent at Umphum under Saipung police station in East Jaintia Hills on Monday.