BY OUR BUREAU
SHILLONG, May 8: Incidents of arson have been reported from Shillong city and Ri-Bhoi district soon after the arrest of Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) president, Daniel Khyriem.
In the latest incident of arsons reported from Ri Bhoi district miscreants torched government vehicles and two government offices.
At around 1 am on Friday morning, a jeep (ML 01 5316) belonging to the District Sericulture Officer, which was parked inside the premises of the office, was set on fire completely gutting it. The fire also impacted the office of the mager of the department partially damaging it.
In the second incident, miscreant hurled a petrol bomb at the Veteriry Dispensary at Umling also in Ri-Bhoi district. Furniture and files were damaged in the fire.
Earlier on Thursday hours after KSU president Daniel Khyriem was arrested unidentified miscreants set fire to a pan shop of one jim Hussain near Pasteur Beat House at Polo, Shillong. The incident occurred at around 8 pm. Again on Thursday night at around 9 pm miscreants set fire to a Bolero vehicle (ML-01-5104) belonging to the Veteriry and Animal Husbandry Department, allotted to Dr Clement A. Sangma, District Veteriry Officer, South Garo Hills, in the premises of Veteriry and Animal Husbandry office at Lumdiengjri, Shillong. The vehicle was partially damaged.
Many more arrest will be made on pro-ILP NGOs leaders who have crimil cases filed against them under MMPO, even as security have been beefed up following the arrest of Khyriem on Thursday.
East Khasi Hills District Superintendent of Police (SP) M Kharkrang said: “There are some more bailable warrant of arrest issued by the Special Court, which is pending for execution. We will soon execute them also.”
Kharkhrang informed that the bailable warrant of arrest was issued by the court based on the 87 cases registered by the state police under Meghalaya Maintence of Public Order (MMPO) Act against the leaders of the various pro-ILP pressure groups during the period of their agitations in 2013. Kharkrang said that 80 members of the NGOs were arrested and later released on bail Police have registered at least seven cases under MMPO against the KSU leader who was arrested from Sadar Police Station after he refused to accept the bailable warrant of arrest on Thursday.