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Prestone urges citizens to refrain from spreading fake news on recent stabbing incident

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Shillong, March 23: Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Home (Police) Prestone Tynsong on Thursday appealed to concerned citizens to refrain from circulating information which are not genuine, especially in social media.

He was replying to a Zero Hour notice moved by opposition VPP legislator from Mawlai Brightstarwell Marbaniang on a news report alleging that a local youth was stabbed at Them Iew Mawlong.

Tynsong however said, “There are several reports which have been published regarding the incident, which are not in consonance with the reports of the police department, and as the investigation of the case is in progress, the facts about the case, will be shared with all stakeholders, as and when the investigation discovers real cause of the incident.”

“I also take this opportunity to appeal to all the concerned citizens, to let the law take its own course, and to refrain from circulating information which are not genuine, especially in social media,” he also said while assuring that the police department is doing its best to unearth the facts of the case and to deliver justice to the victim.

Tynsong informed that police are making all efforts to identify and nab a female assailant who was involved in stabbing a 25-year-old man at Khyndailad area recently.

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Zecharia Sohthiang, a resident of Mawtary, Mayrdon, Umsning was stabbed on March 19.

He informed that the victim has given his statement to the investigation officer (IO) of the case that he had been stabbed by an unknown woman near Hotel Pegasus and that he could identify the female assailant.

The victim was immediately referred to NEIGRIHMS for further medical treatment.

An FIR filed by the sister of the victim P Sohthiang was registered with the Sadar police station.

Tynsong further said that since the morning of March 19, the victim had been giving conflicting and contradictory statements regarding the place of occurrence, time of occurrence and also regarding the description of the suspects.

During the course of the investigation it was discovered that the victim had forcibly boarded a private vehicle at Khyndailad near the road leading to Hotel Pegasus on March 18 at approximately 9.45 pm and requested help from the four occupants of the vehicle to help him recover his scooty that he claimed had met with an accident at Mawprem.

On reaching Mawprem, the victim Zecharia Sohthiang confessed to the occupants of the vehicle that he had been stabbed and requested them to take him to his temporary residence at Mawshbuit village under Madanriting police station.

The occupants of the vehicle along with the victim arrived at Mawshbuit at approximately 12.30 am on March 19 and handed the victim over to his two relatives, who were staying with him.

At 3.59 am, one of the relatives informed EMRI about the matter and requested for an ambulance. The victim was brought to Civil Hospital at approximately 5.30 am by the two relatives in an EMRI ambulance, he said.

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