Meghalaya police register criminal case against minister

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Shillong, Oct 8 (UNI) The Meghalaya police have registered a criminal case against state minister Donkupar Massar for allegedly assaulting and threatening to kill labourers, police said today.

Mr Massar, who holds the Mining and Geology and Excise portfolios, was accused of assaulting and threatening to kill three labourers - Robert Ramseij, Ribok Nongsiej, Protis Ramsiej - on October 3 at Borsora village, bordering Bangladesh in West Khasi Hills District.

The minister, however, denied the assaulting and threatening of the labourers and instead lodged a formal complaint against the labourers with the police.

"We have registered a case against the minister for assaulting and threatening to kill three persons," West Khasi Hills District Superintendent of Police, M Kharkrang told UNI over the phone.

Mr Kharkrang said investigation into the matter was already on.

However, when asked, the SP refused to comment when the police would arrest the minister.

Yesterday, at least, nine organisations have demanded for immediate removal of Mr Massar from the NCP-backed Meghalaya Progressive Alliance government for the unprovoked assault.

The orgainsations have sought an appointment with the Chief Minister on October 10 to pursue the matter.

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