SHILLONG: In an attempt to commemorate the tragic Mukroh firing incident that claimed six lives in West Jaintia Hills on November 22, 2022, the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) placed banners across key locations in Shillong, only to witness them being pulled down by the police on Wednesday.
The banners, strategically positioned near significant landmarks such as the main Secretariat Building, Civil Hospital, Khyndai Lad, Motphran, Laitumkhrah Square, and the Golflink areas, were intended to serve as a solemn reminder of the unfortunate event that transpired a year ago.
A video captured from inside the Secretariat building depicted a female police officer removing the banners placed by the KSU near the main Secretariat Building.
The banners featured a slew of messages, with one stating, “Mukroh is part and parcel of Meghalaya!”, “Assam halt your intrusions!” and a few highlighting the need for justice and unity.
Earlier on November 16, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma had stated that due process must be followed for implementing the decision jointly taken by Assam and Meghalaya to transfer the investigation into the Mukroh firing incident to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
In a Chief Ministerial-level meeting held on September 30 at the State Guest House in Khanapara, Assam, leaders from both states had decided to resolve the vexed border row and conclude judicial inquiry commissions related to the Mukroh incident, and involve the CBI from a neutral state.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had announced the decision to disband the judicial commissions of both states involved in the Mukroh firing incident.
The move had stemmed from a lack of cooperation between Meghalaya officials and the Assam judicial commission, along with the absence of Assam officials during the Meghalaya commission’s hearings.
As a result, the case will be handed over to the CBI, and a case will be registered in a neutral state.