Days after a sitting legislator from Baghmara, Samuel Sangma was alleged of assaulting one of his constituents for questioning developmental progress in the constituency, another FIR was filed against the MLA by the victim’s clan members (Maharis) on Wednesday.
The clan members who met the SGH SP Abraham T Sangma had sought for speedier justice for the victim.
While condemning the high-handedness act of the MLA, the Mahari Clan members asserted that such kind of behavior cannot be tolerated in a civilized society.
“The MLA has shown that he cannot tolerate criticism and thus resorted to assault and he should be taken to task for his unruly behavior,” said one of the clan members.
One Freedom Marak had allegedly questioned the MLA on development in his constituency after which he was brutally assaulted by Samuel in front of many eye witnesses. An FIR was filed by Marak at the Baghmara PS on Sep 30 against the MLA following which the legislator filed a counter FIR stating that Marak had charged at him leading to him pushing Marak away.
Questioning Sangma’s justification on the matter, another clan member said “How can a simple push lead to internal injuries and a black eye? The MLA is lying in his FIR and he needs to be acted upon for his insensitive behavior. His irresponsible behavior has led to a lot of people questioning his leadership and concern for the people of his constituency.”
Another person who was with Marak at the time too was beaten up though the person failed to file a FIR on the matter.
It was also informed that the SP and IO will be registering the statement of the eye-witnesses today. When asked whether any action has been taken against the MLA or whether he has been called for questioning, sources informed that the police are a little apprehensive in taking action as the member of the Assembly enjoys certain privileges.
South Garo Hills has been groping with under development for over two decades of neglect with infrastructure in a state of free fall. Frustration has been building up within the region with many asking the state to take the district seriously and bring about some change at least.