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Police arrest KSU leader over alleged assault on non-tribal labourers

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Shillong, July 11: The president of the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) Nongthymmai circle, Eric Nongkhlaw, has been arrested by Shillong police in connection with the alleged assault on labourers during work permit checks.

According to KSU Nongthymmai’s vice president, Richard Mawkhiew, the manner in which the police arrested Nongkhlaw in the middle of the night made it seem like he was part of a militant group.

Mawkhiew also stated that this arrest would not deter them from checking labourers from outside the state who work without valid documentation.

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The KSU has been conducting continuous checks on work permits for labourers coming from outside the state in many areas of the city over the last few days.

On July 8, KSU members were alleged to have assaulted a few non-tribal labourers who were engaged in the renovation of the J.N. Sports Stadium in preparation for the upcoming Durand Cup.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma clarified that labourers coming from outside the state do not require work permits but only need to register with the Labour Department.

The Chief Minister also informed that four cases have been registered in connection with the alleged assault on the labourers at J.N. Sports Stadium.

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