SPs vehicle attacked, office torched in anti-uranium blockade

October 23
The vehicle of a police officer was attacked and a government office torched as violence continued during road blockade by the Khasi Students Union (KSU) in protest against the proposed uranium mining project in Meghalaya.

Two youths were arrested yesterday after they attacked the vehicle of Jaintia Hills district S P Mukesh Singh with stones near Lad Rymbai, the police said, adding a catapult, stones and a jerkin of kerosene were seized from them.

Though they denied being members of the KSU, the possibility cannot be ruled out, said Singh who was hurt in the attack.

An office of the state agriculture department at Cleave Colony here was set ablaze by some youths last night. The fire was doused but not before it damaged furniture, computers and some other things inside the office, the sources said.

Miscreants also pelted stones at a truck in Upper Shillong, injuring three persons, including the driver. They have been admitted at the Military Hospital, the sources said.

Stray incidents of stone-pelting and burning of tyres were also reported from various parts of the state during the night blockade which witnessed very thin vehicular movement.

The three-day night road blockade called against the state cabinet’s decision to lease land to the UCIL in the uranium rich areas of the state for pre-project development work ended at 5 am today.

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