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Meghalaya scribe assaulted by village headman; Shillong Press Club demands unconditional apology

SHILLONG: The Shillong Press Club (SPC) today demanded an unconditional public apology from a former sordar of Sohiong in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya for allegedly assaulting a journalist on duty at Len Mawtap village on Saturday.

The former sordar Komel Nongbri allegedly bullied, assaulted, threatened and harassed the local television news channel journalist when he tried to cover a public meeting, a delayed report said today.

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Demanding apology, the SOC also threatened to pursue the matter according to the law if Nongbri failed to oblige at the earliest.

According to a press statement from SPC here, Meban Kharmalki, a video journalist for the T7 news channel, went to Len Mawtap village in the Sohiong constituency on Saturday to cover a public meeting. When the journalist tried to ask some questions, Nongbri allegedly bullied, assaulted, threatened and harassed him.

Kharmalki was “shocked and shaken” by the incident, the release added.

A public meeting was held where people opposed the development of a public ground under the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKY) scheme, at a cost Rs 22.50 lakh.

Residents are opposed to the construction work because the block development office provided no clarification or clarity regarding the scheme.

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