The murder of a home guard by four truck drivers over a drunken brawl has taken a political turn in Meghalaya as the local organisations have decided to organize a ‘black flag protest rally’.
Home guard Dismarlin Lyngdoh Lyngkhoi, who was engaged at the FCI, Khanapara godown in Ri-Bhoi district on the outskirts of Guwahati, was allegedly killed by four truck drivers from Assam on April 24 following a scuffle at the godown premises.
To put pressure on government to arrest the culprits and to fulfill the demands including compensation and job for the family of the slain home guard, the Joint Action Committee, Mawlai (JACM) has decided to organize the protest rally on May 9.
The JACM has urged all residents of Mawlai area to join the protest rally to express solidarity with the family of the slain home guard to demand for justice.
The protest rally will begin at 1 pm from Mawlai Nongkwar on Shillong-Guwahati highway and will culminate at Mawlai Mawroh.
The JACM has demanded immediate arrest of the four truck drivers of the NE Trade and Transport, besides compensation and job to one of the eldest children of late Lyngkhoi.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya police have issued a hue-and-cry notice against the four accused truck drivers-Naba Baruah, Sona Ram Boro, Suresh Boro and Sadhan Jamatia–who are evading arrest after being booked (Khanapa PS case no 18(4), 2019 ) for their alleged involvement in the murder.
While Naba hails from Sipajhar in Darrang district, Sona Ram and Suresh are from Tamulpur in Baksa district. Sadhan, who hails from Agartala is now a resident of Patarkuchi in Basistha area in Guwahati.
Last week, the JACM had met Meghalaya home minister James K Sangma to demand for immediate arrest of the perpetrators as well as the commandant of home guard and civil defence, B Kharkongor and submitted a memorandum seeking job for the family on compassionate ground.
Fatima Nonglang, the widow of slain home guard Lyngkhoi, said that she is in a difficult moment, as she could not believe and did not expect that she had lost her husband.
Lyngkhoi, who was a resident of Mawlai Mawroh, leaves behind his wife Fatima and his five children. He was the sole income earner in the family.
The eldest son of Lyngkhoi is pursuing BA second semester, the second one is studying in Class-XII, and the third and fourth are in class-X and class-VIII respectively. The fifth one is only three months old.
Demanding that the culprits should be arrested, Nonglang said, “being a widow, I could not think now, what I should do to feed my five young kids and how will I support them in their studies.”
The Khasi Student Union (KSU) and the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People, Mawlai Circle, had also asked the department of home guards and civil defence and Food Corporation of India to provide job to the family of late Lyngkhoi.
Following the murder of Lyngkhoi, on April 27 unidentified miscreants set two trucks loaded with PDS rice on fire parked at the FCI godown at Mawroh in Shillong.
The trucks belonging to NE Trade and Transport, a Guwahati based firm owned by emerging woman entrepreneur Neena Saikia, were completely damaged after miscreants hurled petrol bombs at the godown.
The NE Trade and Transport, where the four accused worked as truck driver, has reportedly decided to offer financial support to Lyngkhoi’s family.
“We are ready to help the family. This is a very unfortunate incident and it should not affect the age-old friendly relationship between the people of Assam and Meghalaya,” said an official of the firm.