On 19th December around 7.00pm, Manavon Massar, musician, was brutally beaten by Bashan J Laloo, SP(Traffic), Shillong many times with a lathi just because Manav overtook some cars. Manavon was with a fractured left hand, broken finger apart from other bruises. Read Manavon’s account of this brutal ordeal perpetrated by the officer of the Meghalaya Police.
So I had driven 18 hours to Dambuk , played orange festival and then drove back so obviously was kinda exhausted. Still must keep the show going so had gone to check the sound for tomorrow’s gig. Its not my fault but the Shillong traffic police’s for not finding a solution to the traffic problem. I was caught in a jam for long, and already being exhausted and restless, the other side was clear so I overtook for a bit near Assam Auto filling station, driving a small Maruti I did not disturb any body. I didn’t know that I overtook an SP’s Bolero, he being a mad man chased me took me out of my car and lathi charged me continuously till I was on my fours while his gunmen held my friend and artist Dharmesh Parmar . I had no time to understand what happened or to say sorry or to explain or anything. He thought I was an outsider driving an assam registration so he was speaking to me in Hindi and hit me till I got a chance to speak and spoke to him in khasi and got him surprised. I asked why have you beaten me so much , he said
He took me to another room asked me to sit on the floor while he lit a cigarette and abused me more.
He asked me how much I drank, they did a test and it came out negative cause i had just left from home. He then said look at me I must be drug addict so they sent for another medical which also came out negative. In the hospital they did test for drugs I asked why they treated me like this and they said this is what is written from the cop.
I feel discriminated because of the lifestyle we choose. Now I have fractured finger and thumb, that too on my left hand and I am left handed. My calf and other parts of my body also hurts so much that I cant walk , stand or sleep at ease. This man called SP B.J Laloo doesn’t know that my hands are my only source for my daily bread and has taken me places and I still need to go many places and he might have taken that away that in this time of season. The guy himself said that if this was garo hills he would shoot me, You know if this was garo hills I would leave my keyboard and pick up an M16.
Why you don’t catch the rapist, the terrorist, the murderers same way but only bully those with less physical strength or without a gun. Please come for tomorrow’s gig, from now on I can’t rest till I get my justice, I don’t want no peace. Those who know me know how music is important in my life and I am so handicapped right now. I know I was guilty for overtaking I would have taken my punishment but did i deserve this much?
Postscript : Manavon has filed a FIR with the Police and has also complained to the Meghalaya Human Rights Commission. You can read the FIR here[gview file=”http://raiot.in/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Manavon-Massar-FIR-small.pdf”]