Meghalaya police registered criminal case against minister

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Shillong, Oct 8 (UNI) Meghalaya police has 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 assaulting and threatening the labourers and instead lodged a formal complaint against them.

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

Mr Kharkrang said investigation into the matter is already on.

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

Yesterday, at least, nine organisations have demanded 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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