Victim’s son cries for justice

By Our Reporter

SHILLONG: A day after his father Lobster Pyngrope was allegedly murdered by his relatives over a land dispute at Thangbnai village, the eldest son Treisha Umsong called upon the authorities to give befitting punishment to the accused who have committed the heinous crime.

“I do not see there is any justification for the six accused to take the law into their own hands by killing my father. They deserve to be locked inside the jail for the rest of their lives,” Umsong said after the post mortem examination at the Shillong Civil Hospital on Tuesday.

While narrating the whole episode, he said that his mother along with his father had left their house on Monday morning to attend the Mawlyngngot weekly market.

While they were walking, the accused suddenly came and hit his father with a stick on his head, Umsong said.

“After my father became unconscious, the accused then dragged him to the house of one of the accused Speak Pyngrope. He (Speak) is the main culprit who organised this attack on my father,” Umsong alleged.

On seeing the accused dragging his father, his mother cried for help from the villagers.

“After hearing my mother screaming, the villagers in large numbers including the Rangbah Shnong came towards the house of the accused where my father was taken,” Umsong said.

Despite the gathering of the villagers, the six accused remained inside the room and refused to comply with the request of the Rangbah Shnong to open the door, Umsong said.

“The accused came out of the room only after the arrival of the police and magistrates. The police on entering inside the room saw the accused surrounding my father’s body,” he said, adding, “I cannot express how helpless I was since I could not do anything to save my father’s life.”

Recalling the dispute over a plot of land, Umsong said the land belonged to the Raid (community land).

“Knowing very well that it is a community land, the relatives of my father claimed that the plot belonged to them and wanted us to vacate,” Umsong said.

“When my father refused to vacate the land, my relatives approached the Dorbar Shnong, Lyngdoh Raid and Khyrim Syiemship. But all of them confirmed that the land belonged to the Raid,” Umsong said while adding that the relatives finally approached the District Council court.

“After hearing the case for the past many months, the court finally passed its verdict on October 9 this year in favour of my father. After being frustrated with the court judgment they brutally killed my father,” Umsong said.

Meanwhile, a senior police official on Tuesday admitted that it was really strange that such a heinous crime had being committed in broad day light and in the presence of so many people.

“The most surprising thing is that the villagers did not attempt to save the life of the deceased. The killers and the body could be taken out from the house only after the arrival of police,” the official said.

Meanwhile, the arrested persons (all relatives of the deceased) identified as Phrangsngi Pyngrope (23), Mong Pyngrope (23), Rojak Pyngrope (22), Philis Pyngrope (26), Speak Pyngrope (45) and Saian Kshiar (75), were produced in the court of Judicial Magistrate FS Sangma here on Tuesday after which the court remanded them in five-day police custody.

East Khasi Hills SP, Mariahom Kharkrang on Tuesday said that the case is under investigation. “We are concentrating on those six accused who have been arrested,” he said.

The Civil Society Women Organisation (CSWO) on Tuesday condemned the incident and demanded strong action against the murderers.

“This is a heinous crime and the organization urges the authorities to take stern action against the murderers so as to deter such incidents in the future,” CSWO president Agnes Kharshiing said.