Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Home (Police) Prestone Tynsong on Thursday informed that investigation is on into the gunning down of a trucker by the BSF personnel at Mawshun village on May 5, this year.
Replying to a zero hour notice moved by NPP legislator from Sohra Gavin Miguel Mylliem in the Assembly, Tynsong said that there are two FIRs being filed on the incident.
On May 5, 2023 at around 10.24 pm, an incident occurred in which (L) Running Nongkynrih of Jalynteng, driver of truck (ML 05F 3885) was fired upon by a BSF personnel at Mawshun village near petrol pump, NH-40 (Shillong-Dawki Road, Pynursla.
Due to the firing incident, the driver succumbed to his injuries and died on the spot.
He said one FIR was filed by relative of the deceased, Riverskhem Nongkynrih and another FIR was filed by the BSF against the deceased person at the Pynursla police station.
“The investigation of both the cases are ensuing, and the police officials are putting in sincere efforts to ascertain the facts and circumstances of both the cases,” Tynsong said.
He said that no one was arrested in connection with the instant case.
As per the report filed by Riverskhem, it was intimated that the complainant and his cousin brother, the deceased person, were proceeding from Umthli village to transport buffaloes to their owner’s shed and on reaching near Mawshun village, the deceased person took a right turn in order to unload the buffaloes. However, during that time a mini truck of BSF was also following them from behind and suddenly without any warning the BSFpersonnel rushed towards the complainant and the victim and started firing, as a result of which the victim collapsed.
In its counter FIR filed against the deceased driver (L) Running Nongkynrih, the BSF said that on the night of May 5, 2023, mobile check post (MCP) party of ‘G’ Company, 4 Battalion Border Security Force deployed for duty at Pynursla-Dawki road near Wahkdait village, had cautioned the driver to stop for checking.
Instead of stopping, the driver tried to escape by hitting and running over the BSF personnel on duty.
The personnel on duty sensing danger, had fired 2 rounds in the air at an interval, but the driver did not stop and tried to hit the personnel on duty.
Seeing imminent threat to his life the personnel again fired one round towards the tyre of the truck with an intention to stop the vehicle, but the driver turned his vehicle towards left and collided with the divider.
Tynsong said that the gunning down of the victim had sparked the ire of the local populace and law and order situation had arisen.
“In view of the tense situation in the area, security has been tightened and Meghalaya police is keeping a close watch of the situation,” he said while informing that as of now the situation is normal in the area.