SHILLONG, Sept 18 – A city-based trader was injured after being attacked and two shops, with goods worth several lakhs of rupees, were gutted by arsonists here on Tuesday morning during the ongoing agitation by NGOs demanding implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP).
The attack took place at the busy Iewduh or Bara Bazaar at about 10 am today. In the attack about five to ten boys entered the garment shop of one Sunil Roy and poured petrol and burned the shop. Roy sustained burn injuries and was rushed to the Shillong Civil Hospital. The other shop belonged to another trader Dinesh Pal. It is estimated that goods worth over Rs 20 lakh was gutted in the attack.
East Khasi Hills district SP, M Kharkrang said that the police suspect the involvement of NGOs behind the attack. Ten NGOs, belonging to the Khasi, Jaintia and Garo Students Unions and others are demanding implementation of ILP in Meghalaya.
A case relating to arson has been registered by the police and at the same time security has been beefed up in the market area, Kharkrang said and added that investigation is on to nab the culprits.
Both State and Central Government offices and financial institutions remained paralysed due to the office picketing called by the NGOs, while a night road blockade began at 7 pm. It will conclude at 5 am tomorrow. The office picketing would resume on Thursday. Wednesday was spared because of the Unitarian Day celebrations. On Thursday, the night road blockade would be enforced by the NGOs from 9 pm to 5 am the following morning.
Meanwhile, the NGOs have reduced the 24-hour bandh called on September 20 to 12 hours. Now the bandh would be enforced from 5 am to 5 pm on September 20.