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Meghalaya’s Additional Advocate General quits

 SHILLONG, March 27 – Meghalaya’s Additional Advocate General S P Mahanta has resigned from the post after the opposition NCP accused him of land grabbing.

Official sources today said Mahanta laid down his papers last week after the charges of land grabbing against him were brought up in the Assembly by NCP.

During the Assembly session last week, Opposition NCP had cited media reports to allege that Mahanta had ‘forged signatures and produced imposters’ in court to falsely claim the property of an NRI Tushar Nath Bhattacharjee, who resides at Sydney, Australia.

NCP legislator James Sangma maintained that Mahanta had “falsely personated” Bhattacharjee before the sub registrar in Shillong to execute a sale deed vis-à-vis Bhattacharjee’s property (Plot No. 80) in the Lauchumiere locality of the city in 1991.

The NCP legislator also said that as per his passport records, Bhattacharjee was not in India but in Australia during that period of time. Law Minister BM Lanong had said the government was seized of this “very important matter.”

Informing that two title suits were pending in the court in this regard, Lanong maintained “It may not be wise for him to continue in office till the matter is disposed of.”

Ex-cop kidnapped: A former cop turned politician turned businessman was last night kidnapped by suspected militants in Meghalaya, making it the fourth abduction this month in the State.

Akhil Hajong, a former Sub Inspector of Meghalaya Police who had resigned to unsuccessfully contest the Assembly polls in 2003 on BJP ticket, was kidnapped by suspected Garo militants from his residence in Dalu in West Garo Hills district, police said.

Some six armed militants kidnapped Hajong from his residence and is suspected to have taken him to Bangladesh.

Hajong is now a businessman dealing in bricks and coal.

No demand has been received from the militants.

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