‘culpable of thoughtless and excessive use of force,’ the report says in Cheristerfield case

Shillong, Sept. 09: The One Man Commission of Inquiry, headed by Justice T Vaiphei, revealed that the police operation to arrest former Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) leader (L) Cheristerfield Thangkhiew at his home on August 13 last year was carried out carelessly, resulting in his death.

Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on the first day of the Autumn Session of the Assembly on September 9,tabled the report.

Justice Vaiphei said, “Therefore, my finding is that the Tactical Team-I in carrying out the operation to arrest the deceased at his residence on August 13, 2021 at about 3 AM was culpable of thoughtless and excessive use of force, which resulted in the death of the deceased, late Cheristerfield Thangkhiew, which turned out to be avoidable.”



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