Meghalaya activist Agnes Kharshiing critically injured after attack on her; involvement of coal mafia suspected

Kharshiing is a prominent activist in Meghalaya known for mainly leading the fight to safeguard environment and human rights.

FP Staff November 08, 2018 18:46:26 IST
Meghalaya activist Agnes Kharshiing critically injured after attack on her; involvement of coal mafia suspected

Meghalaya-based social activist and president of the Civil Society Women’s Organisation (CSWO) Agnes Kharshiing sustained critical injuries on Tuesday after she was attacked in Kong Ong village by men suspected to have links with the coal mafia, according to media reports.

Kharshiing is a prominent activist in Meghalaya known for mainly leading the fight to safeguard the environment and human rights. NDTV reported that she received head injuries when unidentified people attacked her at a coal dumping area on the national highway in East Jaintia Hills.

Sources told Firstpost that Kharshiing was attacked when she was taking photos of coal dumping, which is in violation of an existing National Green Tribunal (NGT) order.

The incident took place a day after the police seized the coal-laden trucks at Mawiong Rim, following Kharshiing's complaint on the issue, The North East Today reported. The police were quoted as saying in the report that the activist and one of her colleagues were hit by a hard object during the attack. The attackers dragged them to the nearby forest area and left them there. The colleague, however, managed to get out of the forest to seek help.

Kharshiing was admitted to Ialong Civil Hospital but later rushed to North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences hospital.

According to the driver of the vehicle in which Kharshiing travelled to reach the area, the attack took place at 1 pm. Few men reportedly forced him to get into another vehicle and took him to a different location. He was later released, after he pleaded that he was just the driver.

With inputs from Greeshma Rai

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