The East Jaintia Hills police have arrested two suspects in connection with the brutal attack on RTI and rights activist Agnes Kharshiing.

Following early morning raids, East Jaintia Hills police arrested Elphon Dkhar and Meklison Siangshiai from Kong-ong area in the district. Police also filed a suo moto case into the brutal incident.

Meanwhile, the condition of top RTI activist and president of Civil Society Women’s Organisation, Agnes Kharshiing, who is undergoing treatment at NEIGRIHMS following the brutal assault yesterday, is said to be a bit better now.

According to sources, doctors are still closely monitoring her condition which is said to have improved a bit today.

Kharshiing was attacked at a place called Tuber Shoh-Shrieh, a coal dumping area along the National Highway near Lad Rymbai in East Jaintia Hills, shortly after she gave a tip off to police about the presence of coal laden trucks in the area, leading to seizure of as many as 9 coal laden trucks yesterday.

Significantly, the attack on Civil Society Women’s Organization president Kharshiing came barely a day after she exposed rampant transportation of coal in the state despite a National Green Tribunal ban on coal mining in Meghalaya.

Another CSWO member, Amita Sangma, who was accompanying Kharshiing was also brutally assaulted by the miscreants.

Meanwhile, talking to Northeast Live East Jaintia Hills SP Sylvester Nontingger confirmed that the two suspects were picked up from the district after they were found loitering in the area till late yesterday night.

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