Shillong Aug 16: The Shillong Press Club (SPC) has lodged an FIR against CRPF personnel for assaulting a driver and vandalising the vehicle of Mawphor Group of Publications at Mawlai Umthlong main junction.
The incident took place at around 8.50 pm on Sunday.
The FIR submitted to the East Khasi Hills SP by President of the SPC, David Laitphlang, said the white Maruti car (ML-05W-3140), driven by Ferdison Mylliem Umlong, official driver of Mawphor Group of Publications, was vandalised and the driver assaulted by a group of CRPF personnel at Mawlai Umthlong main junction.
He said the victim was returning home along with his wife and mother-in-law after procuring medicine for her.
“The vehicle was stopped by the CRPF men who asked the driver to reverse to which he promptly obliged but instead they got irritated for unknown reasons and started lashing out at the car from behind smashing the rear screen completely”, the FIR said.
A terrified wife and mother in law crawled out of the car in utter fear and made a quick escape towards home to alert family members.
“Not happy with just one disgraceful behaviour, the upholders of the law then asked Umlong to turn on the headlights and when he again obeyed; they went berserk shattering whatever glass piece of the already disintegrating car they could lay their batons and assault rifle muzzles upon and denting all metal parts of the car,” the FIR said.
The SPC asked the police to punish the perpetrators as per the provisions of the law and make the same public, as a benevolent gesture at attempting to regain the lost faith of the people in those mandated to protect their lives.