Petrol bomb attack on editor's home

IN Media Watch Briefs | 18/04/2018

Masked men on a motorcycle threw a petrol bomb at Shillong Times editor Patricia Mukhim's home on Tuesday night at 8.35 pm. She  escaped unhurt, but posted on her Facebook page," I am shocked. Those who did this ugly deed need to be arrested.. I heard the explosion and saw the flames rising. It's a terrible feeling". The Shillong Press Club, in a statement, condemned this "dastardly attack" and urged authorities to track and nab those responsible without delay.                       

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