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Mukul, Agatha write to Shah on Sangma siblings’ death

Shillong, June 30: Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma and Tura MP Agatha Sangma on Wednesday wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the death of two siblings from Dimapur in Nagaland.

The brother-sister duo, Samuel Sangma and Rose Sangma, died in Haryana under mysterious conditions.

Rose, who was an air hostess, was admitted in Alpha Hospital in Gurugram, Haryana, where she later died. Samuel, who was attending to her, alleged medical negligence and lodged a complaint against the hospital management. The next day, he was found hanging in his hotel room.

A video clip that had gone viral on social media showed Samuel (he was not seen in the video) asking the doctor treated rose why he allowed the patient to have ice-cream. The doctor got agitated and hit Samuel.

Another audio clip believed to be of Samuel went viral. The voice in the audio described his helplessness as he was denied justice. He also said that he was at a loss and did not know what to do or where to go.

“In view of the gravity of the matter, therefore, I sincerely urge you to take cognizance of this case and intervene as per law and ensure justice,” Mukul wrote about the “disturbing news”.

“Incidence of this nature and the perception generated thereof have serious negative ramifications and pose serious challenges on peace, harmony and unity of the nation,” he added.

In her letter, Agatha wrote that prima facie, “this appears to be a case of orchestrated homicide, which requires investigation of highest order”.

She sought an investigation at the earliest.

Reacting to the deaths, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said the state government was in contact with the Garo Council in Delhi and other organisations. However, it is waiting for the family to lodge a complaint before making a move.

The deaths have also sparked reactions from various organisations. The All Khasi Hills’ A’chik Federation, in a statement, said the chief ministers of the seven northeastern states should unite against the incident of racism, which is “not the first time”.

The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) has demanded a thorough investigation into the mysterious deaths.

In a statement, NESO chairman Samuel B Jyrwa has expressed “deep anguish”.

“These mysterious deaths are very hard to fathom and NESO demands that a thorough investigation should be carried out on both these deaths so as to bring to light all the truth pertaining to these sad and mysterious deaths,” Jyrwa said.

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