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KSU stages protest in front of Sohra police station, says stop making arrests based on mobile locations

SHILLONG, APR 3: Leaders and activists of the Khasi Students Union (KSU) on Wednesday took out a protest march to the Sohra police station against the arrest of its two members in connection with the recent murder of two labourers at Ichamati in East Khasi Hills District.

People from different parts of Sohra Subdivision also joined the protest led by KSU central body assistant general secretary Rueben Najiar and president of the South Khasi Hills District Reebok Diengdoh.

Protesters were heard shouting condemning the arrest and demanding the immediate release of the two arrested KSU members – Shanborlang Shati and Mesadapbor Skhembill.

The protest was held amid tight security at the Sohra police station. Following heated arguments, the KSU leaders were invited for talks.

Speaking to reporters, Najiar said the KSU has demanded the police to refrain from arresting its members based on ‘mobile tower location’.

“Though we cannot interfere with the police investigation, police themselves have maintained that they have arrested the two members based on suspicious grounds since their mobile location indicated that they were present in the area during the incident,” he said.

The KSU leader said that the majority of the members’ location will be shown in that area in view of the fact that they were attending the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest organized by the KSU at Ichamati on March 27.

“We were present there (Ichamati) because of the anti-CAA meeting so naturally the tower location will indicate the same. Therefore, if police don’t have strong evidence, they should refrain from arresting our members based on a ‘tower location’. Police told us that they are waiting for orders on the matter,” he said.

He further claimed that after protesting by burning of the CAA rules, the members immediately dispersed and left the place. “We absolutely have no idea about the murder incident and the allegation made is an attempt to tarnish the image of the KSU by vested interest as they know we are here to protect and safeguard the jaidbynriew,” the leader said.

Also expressing strong opposition against arrests made during night time, Najiar said, “We have made it very clear to the police that if they want to talk to our members, call us, we are ready to come and meet them since we are not involved and we have reasons to be afraid of anything.”

“We are absolutely not terrorists; we are not militants that we go underground. We have nowhere to hide as we are student activists,” he said while warning that the KSU will be compelled to take stern action if police fail to heed the demand.

Further, Najiar also slammed the police for being quick in disclosing the identity of the two members without proving their involvement in the case.

“Police were so quick in releasing their names and address but when a KSU member (L) Lurshai Hynniewta was killed at Ichamati in 2020, police were hiding and protecting the names of the arrested accused involved in the case,” he said.

He also asked who will take responsibility to undo this damage if tomorrow it is proven that the two members are not involved in the incident.

“This is an attempt to tarnish our name and mind you by doing this we are also putting our people residing in the different parts of the country in trouble as this may lead to communal differences between us,” he said.
Earlier, the KSU leaders also protested against the alleged rude behaviour of a senior police officer during the meeting.

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