Sur Ka Bri U Hynniewtrep wants Cheristerfield Thangkhiew killing probe report be made public

Shillong, Aug 5: Irked by the delay to make the probe report into the killing of former Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) general secretary Cheristerfield Thangkhiew, public, the Sur ka Bri U Hynniewtrep held a sudden protest outside the state secretariat on Friday afternoon.

The group started shouting slogans against the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government.

The air was filled with chants of “we want justice” and “MDA government down down”.

Later the group were allowed to meet Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong.

A member of the Sur ka Bri U Hynniewtrep, Thomas Passah informed that at the meeting Tynsong assured that the report will be tabled in the Assembly on September 9.

Stating that justice should prevail at any cost, Passah said that the family of Thangkhiew should know the truth.

He said that the group was forced to protest in front of the state secretariat since the government for the past one month did not meet them to discuss the matter despite several attempts to do so.

Quoting, the Deputy Chief Minister, Passah said that according to the former, as per The Commission Of Inquiry Act 1952, the report can only be placed in the Assembly.

Passah said that the delay on part of the government to make the report public has made them down the transparency of the government.

It may be mentioned that on August 13 last year, Thangkhiew was shot dead by the police at his residence in Mawlai Kynton Massar.

The encounter happened three days after the Laitumkhrah bomb blast on August 10.

Post the encounter, the police had clarified that it had “incontrovertible” evidence to link Thangkhiew with a series of blasts carried out by the proscribed outfit.

Later, the state government constituted a judicial enquiry into the killing of the former HNLC general secretary.

The Justice T Vaiphei inquiry commission, probing the killing of Thangkhiew, submitted its report to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on May 20.

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