The state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on August 1, met Governor Satya Pal Malik and demanded the removal of the West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police.
State unit president of the BJP, Ernest Mawrie said that the party is demanding the removal of the top officials because it doubts whether a free and fair inquiry into the raid conducted at party’s vice-president Bernard Marak’s on July 22, would be possible under them.
Mawrie also alleged that the concerning authorities have denied the party permission to take out a peace rally and sought an independent probe into the alleged sex racket case filed against Marak.
In the letter to the Governor, the state BJP said that the party karyakartas in Garo Hills are being exposed to “atrocities” by the police. The letter further stated that on July 25, the general secretary of Tura unit Wilver Danggo was detained by police without any valid reasons for several hours.
“Atrocities exerted on party karyakartas is highly condemnable. The party workers are living a life of uncertainty,” the letter to the Governor read.
The state BJP stated that receiving summons from police, being questioned, and detention for hours are becoming a frequent affair for the party’s karyakartas in the region. “The intent seems laced with an ulterior motive coupled with blatant abuse of power,” the party said.
The state BJP unit also alleged that Meghalaya is witnessing political vendetta, a first-of-its-kind in the state.