From A Reporter
SHILLONG, Sept 18: Even as the countdown to the 2018 Assembly elections has started, Meghalaya is suddenly witnessing an upsurge in political violence.
Unidentified miscreants lobbed a petrol bomb at the residence of West Shillong constituency MLA Paul Lyngdoh around 5 am on morning. The petrol bomb landed in the room of a security guard. However, no one was injured during the incident.
Speaking to reporters about the incident, Lyngdoh alleged that the hurling of petrol bomb at his residence is the handiwork of his political opponent from the constituency Mahendra Rapsang.
“Rapsang has been campaigning in a very aggressive style in the past few months. I have contested elections on three occasions and we have never fought against our opponents in this manner,” he said.
The United Democratic Party (UDP) legislator added, “I’m sure that these are paid goons used by my political rival.”
Recalling another incident that happened on Saturday (16th September), Lyngdoh alleged that a group of Rapsang supporters has gone around the constituency shouting slogans at 2 am and even passed near his residence shouting slogans like “on the hand”.
“In the past 15 years we have been able to conduct ourselves as civilised human beings, but when somebody wishes to win by hook or by crook, then it poses a danger to democracy because then you will start looking at your opponents as enemies who will have to be crushed,” he said.
Lyngdoh urged the police to take up appropriate action concerning the incident.
Informing the media that a Congress office at the main road of his locality remains open till the wee hours, he said “I will soon take up this matter with the Deputy Commissioner of the district to apprise him of this because the office remains open till 3-4 in the morning.”
“If the office is meant to mobilise support, then I don’t understand why it must be open till the early hours. What kind of mobilisation are they doing? The district administration has to regulate timing of such party offices,” he said.
Meanwhile, D Medhi, a supporter of Lyngdoh and member of the UDP youth wing residing at Bishops Fall Mawprem, alleged that at around 12.30 am on Friday (15th September) one Mike Pakyntein came to his house along with 30 people and threatened him with dire consequences.
He said a day after the incident some people passed by his house at 2.30 in the morning and started shouting slogans like “Paul Lyngdoh murdabad”, “D Medhi murdabad” and “D Medhi you are not safe, be careful”.
“These people who have threatened me are with Mahendra Rapsang and I have filed an FIR at Jhalupara police outpost,” he said.
When contacted, East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police Davis N Marak confirmed that an FIR has been filed by Lyngdoh concerning the incident.
Marak said that one person from Mawprem locality has been suspected by the police to have committed the crime and soon the police will take action once the supplementary FIR is filed by Lyngdoh.
He further stated that there are postings on social networking site Facebook that lead to this person and the police will take action base on this evidence.