Meghalaya Governor, Tathagata Roy today lauded an NGO activist, Agnes Kharshiing for her courage in fighting against illegal coal mining in East Jaintia Hills District of Meghalaya. Roy said that it was God’s providence that Mrs. Kharshiing still survives, even though, she was brutally assaulted by illegal coal miners on the 8th of this month while trying to investigate the illegal coal extraction in Jaintia Hills. Roy also said that he has come to know from the doctors that the health condition of Kharshiing has improved considerably and treating her at the city hospital is much better, as their relatives would not have the face to the trouble of being far away from their hometown. Speaking to the media after visiting Kharshiing and her aide Amita Sangma who are being treated at North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) at Mawdiang-diang at the outskirt of Shillong, Roy said he was deeply impressed by Agnes’ courage and also tried to console their relatives. Roy informed that arrests have been made and those involved in the incident should be punished. When asked, whether the Governor would recommend the Centre for a CBI probe into the incident, Roy did not say any in this and said that he would inform the Centre of what is going on in the state.
The Governor also said as the constitution head of the state, he would not like to make much comment on the other aspects of the incident. He added for any law and order issue, being a state subject, the State Government should be able to tackle it. The Governor was accompanied by his wife during the visit to NEIGRIHMS. MMP