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Meghalaya: Judicial inquiry into Cheristerfield Thangkhiew complete

As part of the probe, the Enquiry Commission had also visited the residence of late Cheristerfield Thangkhiew at Mawlai Kynton Massar.

In a big development, the judicial inquiry into the death of former HNLC leader Late Cheristerfield Thangkhiew is finally complete.

This was confirmed by CM Conrad Sangma while speaking to the media on Friday.

Retired Chief Justice T Vaiphei had been entrusted by to government to conduct a judicial probe into the case. Vaiphei who had completed the inquiry on April 23 after a third extension, submitted his report to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Friday, May 20.

It may be mentioned that during the probe, 6 police officials who were part of the operation, late Thankgkhiew’s wife, two sons, and brothers were also examined. Both doctors involved in treating the deceased and also in the post-mortem examination had also given their statements on the death of the late HNLC leader.

As part of the probe, the Enquiry Commission had also visited the residence of late Cheristerfield Thangkhiew at Mawlai Kynton Massar.

Earlier, the commission had been directed to look into the circumstances and submit a fact-finding report as to the culpability or otherwise of the police action resulting in the death of Thangkhiew at his residence in August last year.

The terms of reference for the inquiry commission were notified by the government on August 20, 2021.

The Enquiry Commission was given a free hand to ascertain other circumstances which are relevant to the case. However, the move to issue notices by the Commission to the police personnel on the culpability of the crime was later dropped.

Noteworthy here is that according to the notification related to the terms of reference, many complaints alleging unnatural circumstances leading to the death of Thangkhiew had been received by the state government.

Such public grievances and allegations had caused widespread disruption of law and order in the hill state. Thangkhiew’s death sparked a volatile situation in Meghalaya, particularly in the capital Shillong.

Meanwhile, speaking to media persons, CM Conrad Sangma thanked Justice T Vaiphei for taking time out of his busy schedule and completing the inquiry.

First Published: 21st May, 2022 11:11 IST

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