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Shillong, Aug 5: The Hynniewtrep Integrated Territorial Organization (HITO) has lodged a complaint against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Meghalaya for flouting the COVID-19 protocols during the visit of BJP national general secretary & Rajya Sabha MP Arun Singh and Ajay Janwal, BJP NE General Secretary (ORG) to 19th South Shillong constituency.

In a letter to East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner, Isawanda Laloo on Thursday, HITO president Donbok Dkhar alleged that the BJP had violated the protocols during its booth level meeting of 19th South Shillong constituency at Assam Club in Laban on July 31 in which the BJP’s national leaders were present.

He said that permission was granted for three meetings of the BJP functionaries in Nongpoh, Garikhana and Laban subject to stringent Covid 19 protocols as prescribed by the state health department.

It was also stated the number of attendees permitted for the said meetings is limited to 20 persons only for each venue subject to strict adherence to health protocols issued by the Health & Family Welfare Department.

Referring to a video clipping from a local news channel, Dkhar said it clearly shows that the number of attendees was way beyond 20 persons and “possibly could even total to around a hundred if one were to go by eyewitness accounts of residents of Howell road Laban and passersby as well.”

Dkhar urged the deputy commissioner to take immediate cognizance and stringent legal action against the violators as per law of the land.

“(We) urge you to also conduct an enquiry and identify which officer/district team let such blatant disregard and contempt of the law take place unabashedly in broad daylight and take suitable against the erring public servant,” Dkhar stated in the letter.

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