March to protest jail staff killing

Shillong, Feb. 8: Hundreds of people today marched with members of the Khasi Students' Union (KSU) to protest against the killing of two employees of Williamnagar district jail by armed militants.

Suspected militants from the breakaway faction of the A'chik National Volunteers' Council (ANVC-B) gunned down Neil Warjri, assistant jailor of Williamnagar district jail and warder Sharai Sing Thabah, on Saturday night, inside the jail.

As a reaction to the killing, the students' union today organised the black-flag march, which was joined by other pressure groups and a host of others.

The state government has constituted a magisterial inquiry under East Garo Hills deputy commissioner Vijay Kumar Mantri to probe into the details of the Williamnagar incident.

Mantri is expected to submit his report within a month's time.

The government has also agreed to pay Rs 7,50,000 each to the next of kin of the two deceased jail employees.

KSU leaders and other pressure group members met chief secretary W.M.S. Pariat at the secretariat and placed their demands before the topmost bureaucrat of the state.

KSU president Daniel Khyriem said Pariat has promised that the government would pay Rs 7,50,000 each to the next of kin of the deceased.

However, the groups also wanted the government to provide a job to at least one of the family members of Warjri and Thabah.

The pressure groups asked the government to ensure better security cover for the Khasi people who are working in the Garo hills region.

Khyriem said the government has promised that it would take up all measures to ensure that the Khasi people, including government employees in Garo hills are safe and secure.

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