Petrol bomb attack: MLA’s charges refuted

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HT Correspondent

SHILLONG, Sept 19: The probable Congress candidate for the West Shillong constituency, Mahendro Rapsang has denied his involvement on Monday’s incident of petrol bomb attack at the residence of the incumbent MLA of the constituency Paul Lyngdoh saying he does not want to win election through intimidation.

The statement came from Rapsang a day after miscreants had lobbed a petrol bomb at the residence of Lyngdoh, which he had termed as the handiwork of Rapsang’s supporters.

“We want peace in the area and this is the reason we went to police and sought adequate security arrangement in the constituency so that the area remains peaceful,” Rapsang said while addressing a press conference here on Tuesday.

Denying the allegations of Lyngdoh, Rapsang said, “We are not that type of people who will indulge in such nonsense things and in fact we condemn the incident.”

“I am contesting the upcoming elections to address issues pertaining to education, health and poverty and not to engage goondas. My supporters are not supporting me out of fear but out of love,” he said.

Stating that the allegations were made to tarnish his image, Rapsang also informed that they have filed an FIR on Tuesday with the police about an incident where three miscreants destroyed the CCTV camera installed at the Congress office in Lower Mawprem.

Rapsang has also handed over some evidences and footages from the CCTV to the police.

On the allegations that Congress office in Lower Mawprem remains open till late hours, one of the supporters of Rapsang said that there was no hard and fast rule that an office of a political organisation should be closed at a fixed time.

“In other places, political parties are working for 24 hours as long as they don’t disturb people,” the supporter added.

An FIR was filed by the MLA, who is also the working president of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) with the Lumdiengjri police station just after the incident which took place at 5 am on Monday.


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