Shillong, Sep 14: Leader of opposition, Dr. Mukul Sangma on Tuesday suggested the state government should counsel a surrendered militant if the government sees he is going back to his old ways.
The leader of opposition gave this suggestion after the government maintained that former HNLC militant Cherish S Thangkhiew who was killed on August 13 during a raid by police was involved in the IED blasts in Khliehriat and Shillong.
“If a militant surrenders there is a procedure to monitor his activities. Whether the government made an attempt to call on him,” Dr. Sangma asked during the Question Hour.
Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui informed that the police had decided to raid the house of Thangkhiew in order to arrest after intelligence inputs of blasts on the intervening nights of August 12 to August 15.
The Home Minister also said that, police has no right to kill a person and their job was to prevent a crime and make arrests even as he added that a judicial enquiry has already been constituted to probe into the circumstances which led to the killing of Thangkhiew.
Meanwhile, North Shillong MLA, Adelbert Nongrum who was not satisfied at the answers given by Rymbui accused the government of being dramatic.
Nongrum wanted to know if the killing of the former HNLC militant was pre-planned.
Intervening on the matter, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that the behavior of the North Shillong MLA was objectionable.