Cheristerfield encounter: CM tells protestors to wait for judicial inquiry’s report
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Thursday reiterated that action against any individual involved in the Cheristerfield encounter would be taken only after the judicial inquiry committee submits its report. "It is not appropriate for us to not give a fair chance to this inquiry," Sangma said.
Sangma made the statement a day after effigies of ministers and top police officials, including that of Chief Minister, were burnt by members of the Voice of Mawlai People, a conglomeration of several NGOs. The conglomeration has been demanding the immediate suspension of two top cops who led the operation on August 13 that resulted in the death of ex-militant Cheristerfield Thangkhiew.
Reacting to the demonstration, Sangma urged the agitating groups to allow the judicial inquiry to submit its report and "then accordingly, action will be taken". He maintained that the purpose of judicial inquiry is to find out the facts, details, and individuals responsible for whatever actions. "We cannot hold a certain person responsible, only because we think so. I don’t think that's fair at all," he said.
The Voice of Mawlai People will hold a signature campaign and candlelight vigil from Mawlai Stand Bus till Mawlai Petrol Pump on August 27 as a mark of protest against the government’s delay in suspending the two police officials.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)
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