Meghalaya: Mob attack in Shillong seriously injured a custom officer from another state

Seven persons, including four police officers, were injured during the confrontation between protesters and the police.

Meghalaya: Mob attack in Shillong seriously injured a custom officer from another state
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Alok Kumar, an inspector of customs and central excise, was attacked by a mob yesterday at IGP point in the city amid the violence that erupted on Thursday evening when a candlelight vigil was organised by the state's pressure groups as a gesture of solidarity to the deceased victims in the Mukroh firing.

Alok Kumar, who was in Shillong to receive training from the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes, and Narcotics (NACIN), was assaulted by a mob yesterday at IGP point in the city. His cell phone and hearing aid were taken by the mob. He arrived in Meghalaya from outside the state to receive training. In a serious state, he was immediately taken to the ICU at Woodland Hospital in Shillong. He is being transported to Guwahati today for more medical care.

According to Superintendent of Police (City) Vivek Syiem, seven persons, including four police officers, were injured during the confrontation between protesters and the police.

On Thursday, a candlelight demonstration was organised in Shillong, the state's capital. The Khasi Students' Union, Federation of Khasi Jaintia & Garo People, Ri Bhoi Youth Federation, Hynniewtrep National Youth Front, and Jaintia Students' Union were among the organisations that participated in this demonstration.


The demonstrators wanted justice for those who died in the recent conflict on the Assam-Meghalaya border. And once a few miscreants started acting violently, the protest quickly became violent.

These miscreants got into a fight with the Meghalaya Police officers who were there to stop any potential trouble. This dispute quickly descended into chaos and violence. According to reports, these miscreants threw multiple petrol bombs at the cops. Shillong's Civil Hospital was damaged as a result of the tragedy, which happened nearby.

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