Shillong: The opposition Congress has decided to write to the constituents of the ruling alliance in Meghalaya and seek a change of the present leadership citing the law and order situation that led to a curfew in Shillong last week,
“We will be writing to the leaders of all the political parties who are in the government to put heads together and look at how we can save the state, the interests of the people; how we can best serve the people and that can happen only when there is a course correction,” leader of the Opposition in Assembly and former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma told reporters.
In Shillong, the violence broke out following the death of Cherishstarfield Thangkhiew, a former militant leader affiliated with Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council.
Earlier, police said they had gone to arrest Cherishstarfield Thangkhiew on the basis of evidence pointing to his involvement in a blast.
Police have said he was killed in a retaliatory firing when he attacked the police team with a knife in an attempt to escape.
Thangkiew’s family, however, has alleged that it was a “cold-blooded murder” by police, NDTV reported, adding, a large number of people carrying black flags took part in the funeral procession.
Following the incident, state home minister Lahkmen Rymbui stepped down, alleging that Thangkhiew was “killed following the raid of police at his residence exceeding the lawful tenets of the law”.
Blaming the present government for the law and order situation, the Leader of the Opposition said there is a need for change.
The ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance is led by National People’s Party and comprises BJP, United Democratic Party, People’s Democratic Front, Hill State People’s Democratic Party and Independents.