Meghalaya home minister resigns : amidst the violence in Shillong
When the entire nation delves into the celebration of 75th Independence Day, Meghalaya a prominent North Eastern state burns with the fuel of black flag, anguish, and swooping onslaught.
Meghalaya Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui has resigned and a curfew has been imposed in Shillong after stray incidents of violence marred Independence Day celebrations across the state amid protests over the death of a former rebel leader.
The team SPACE further dived in to decipher the whereabouts of the complete story behind the resignation of Hon'ble Home Minister of Shillong. The following points laid out by the team SPACE has been the reason behind the unprecedented forlorn and melancholic situation in Meghalaya.
1. The Demise of the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) founding member, Cheristerfield Thangkhiew:
The team SPACE received the news that Mr.CheristerField Thangkhiew who was a founding member of HNLC, i.e the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council was killed in an encounter by the Meghalaya Police.
2.Abrupt eruption of Violence:
The demise of the General Secretary of HNLC Cheristerfield Thankhiew ignited the fire within the people who fueled into anguish leading to the abrupt violence in the Capital of Meghalaya, the blazing scenario encapsulated the Scotland of North East in a very detrimental manner wherein the administration had to come down harshly on the existing environment when the pandemic has taken a toll of the state.
3. Imposition of Curfew:
The recalcitrant violence and the unsound scenario lead the administration to impose an unprecedented curfew across the capital when the entire nation awakes to freedom.
WHAT IS THE REASON FOR THE DEMISE OF THE HNLC LEADER?
Director-General of Police R Chandranathan said there was ample evidence against Thangkhiew when he sent his team to arrest the "retired" general-secretary of the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC).
Government vehicles were vandalized and a police vehicle was set on fire at Jaiaw area of Shillong allegedly by his supporters, police said.
Banning mobile internet, the chief secretary said, "Messaging systems like SMS, Whatsapp and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube are likely to be used for transmission of pictures, videos, and text and have the potential to cause serious breakdown of law and order."
The Meghalaya Human Right Commission has also taken suo moto cognisance of the encounter, noting, "The instant case appears to have resulted in gross human rights violation which according to Article 21 of the Constitution mandates for the protection of life and personal liberty for every person within the territory of India."