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SHILLONG, Nov 18 � Victims of the 2010 firing incident at Langpih have again raised their voices demanding action against those Assam Police responsible for the killing of four Langpih villagers.

In the 2010, four villagers � Denis Nongsiej, Charles Lyngkhoi, Ekros Rani and Columbos Hujon � were killed in police firing and 12 others were injured.

Following the incident, the governments of Meghalaya and Assam have paid a compensation of Rs 3 lakh each to the next of kin of the victims, who died in the police firing. However, an order was passed on January 31 this year by the Meghalaya High Court which directed the Assam government to pay an additional compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the four families.

In its order, the High Court stated: �The indiscriminate firing at Langpih by the Assam Police is highly arbitrary, irrational and unconstitutional and therefore, the respondents (Assam government) should accept the liabilities of the illegal indiscriminate firing of the Assam Police at Langpih (Lampi).�

Today, Kardus Syiemlieh, son of one of the victims, who came to collect the additional compensatory amount deposited by the Assam government said that monetary compensation is no solace for justice and reiterated his demand for punishment to those involved in the firing.

Meanwhile, local political leaders said that they would be raising the issue in the coming session of the Meghalaya Assembly and would ask the Meghalaya government to urge its Assam counterpart to take action against the erring Assam Police personnel.

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Langpih villagers demand action against AP

SHILLONG, Nov 18 � Victims of the 2010 firing incident at Langpih have again raised their voices demanding action against those Assam Police responsible for the killing of four Langpih villagers.

In the 2010, four villagers � Denis Nongsiej, Charles Lyngkhoi, Ekros Rani and Columbos Hujon � were killed in police firing and 12 others were injured.

Following the incident, the governments of Meghalaya and Assam have paid a compensation of Rs 3 lakh each to the next of kin of the victims, who died in the police firing. However, an order was passed on January 31 this year by the Meghalaya High Court which directed the Assam government to pay an additional compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the four families.

In its order, the High Court stated: �The indiscriminate firing at Langpih by the Assam Police is highly arbitrary, irrational and unconstitutional and therefore, the respondents (Assam government) should accept the liabilities of the illegal indiscriminate firing of the Assam Police at Langpih (Lampi).�

Today, Kardus Syiemlieh, son of one of the victims, who came to collect the additional compensatory amount deposited by the Assam government said that monetary compensation is no solace for justice and reiterated his demand for punishment to those involved in the firing.

Meanwhile, local political leaders said that they would be raising the issue in the coming session of the Meghalaya Assembly and would ask the Meghalaya government to urge its Assam counterpart to take action against the erring Assam Police personnel.

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