Meghalaya lawmaker apologizes for assaulting journalist

Shillong: Meghalaya Congress legislator, Founder Strong Cajee today tendered an apology on the floor of the House for assaulting a photojournalist yesterday in the Assembly premises.

“I am sorry for what has happened yesterday, it would never happen in the future,” Cajee said. He termed the assault as an “unfortunate incident” and said that it was a lesson for him.

The Shillong Press Club (SPC) has strongly demanded from the Speaker, Charles Pyngrope that action must be taken against the legislator. A similar written demand was sent to the Chief Minster, Mukul Sangma. An FIR was also filed against the legislator for the alleged assault.

On Monday last, Cajee assaulted Walton Lytan, a photojournalist in the Assembly premises. The photojournalist’s fault was that he took a picture of the legislator taking a siesta in one of the sessions of the Assembly. The photo was published in the local media here.

However, the Congress lawmaker said that nobody can prove he was sleeping. “My ears were open and I was pondering over the constructive discussions,” he stated.

The legislator said that he had beaten up the photojournalist for abusing him.  Cajee too filed a counter FIR against Lytan for alleged abuse and intimidation.

Pyngrope told the House that after the legislator’s apology the matter should be settled amicably, but left the police to investigation into the case as per prescribed law.

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