Shillong, Nov. 8 (PTI): Meghalaya rights activist Agnes Kharshiing suffered injuries after she was allegedly attacked by a group of people suspected to be belonging to the coal mining mafia in East Jaintia Hills district on Thursday, police said.
The activist and her companion had reportedly gone to capture photographs of illegal coal mining in the district and were stopped by the miscreants on their way back, a senior police officer said.
Kharshiing, 58, was intercepted and accosted near Tuber Sohshrieh at around 1.30 pm, where she was found in an unconscious state, he said.
“Kharshiing was found injured and she was rushed to the civil hospital in West Jaintia Hills district,” the officer said.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma condemned the incident and asked police to nab the culprits behind the assault. He said violence in any form will not be tolerated and the government will take all necessary steps to ensure that those behind the attack are brought to justice.
The activist’s companion also received injuries in the attack and she is undergoing treatment at the hospital, police said.
The opposition Congress has also denounced the incident and urged the administration to strictly deal with .