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GHADC staff lodges FIR against officer for ‘trying to kill’ protesters

Shillong, May 27: The Non-gazetted Employees’ Association (NGEA) of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council has lodged an FIR against an assistant account officer for allegedly trying to kill protesting employees.

The autonomous council employees, who have been protesting against non-payment of salary for about three years, were checking the vehicle of the officer, Glory Hasting R Marak, between 4-4.30 pm on Thursday when the incident happened. Police personnel were also present.

A video that was widely circulated on social media showed that a group of people in the presence of police personnel was asking the driver of a car, ML-08-D-5411, in Garo to roll down the window. However, there was no response and car suddenly started moving, hitting a woman who falls. The car zoomed away as some tried to run after it.

NGEA in its complaint said, the employees were protesting peacefully and were stopping the vehicles of MDCs and officers to check whether any file was being taken away. Last week, some files went missing from the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) office and the employees had lodged a complaint alleging that a few officers were involved in the disappearance.

Marak’s voice was not audible and the protesters “requested him politely to get out of the car” answer their questions. But “shockingly”, Marak “run over the employees”.

“… he just rampaged the employees and try (sic) to kill the employees who were standing on the road… Smti. Tengsme and Smti. Merry were seriously injured.” The FIR read.

The employees later lodged a complaint with the West Garo Hills SP and sent copies to the deputy commissioner and the Meghalaya DGP.

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