Arrest of KSU members based on strong evidence: SP

Shillong, Apr 3: East Khasi Hills SP Rituraj Ravi said the arrest of the two members of the KSU was based on strong evidence.

Ravi told reporters on Wednesday that during investigation following the leads that the police received and based on evidence, arrests were made.


“We have been investigating this case as per provisions of law and we have made progress in that as per evidence collected, as per witness accounts and as per all scientific data that we have collected from place of occurance and other relevant matters,” he said.

Shanborlang Shati and Mesadapbor Skhembill, who are members of the KSU, Sohra were arrested for their alleged involvement in the March 27-Ichamati murder case.

On the Sohra protest, the SP that a crowd number around 300-400 had gathered at Sohra Police Station protesting against the arrests made by the police in connection with the case. However, the protest was peaceful and after sometime they dispersed from the police station premises.

“They are protesting against the arrests made and we have explained that we are investigating the two murders and law shall take its own course,” he said.

To a question, Ravi said, “On that front, we would like to stress that we go as per the evidence that we gathered during the investigation and the investigation is being undertaken as per procedure of law. From the day that this incident happened we were doing our investigations, working on the leads, working on the witnesses.”

Regarding the question on midnight arrest, the SP said, “We make an endeavour to make arrests during day time, however, when we pursue the leads, when we pursue evidence, timing may not always be as per the conveniences, so these things do happen sometimes.”

Ravi said the police are adopting the highest level of security measures throughout the district and he appealed to the youth not to take law into their own hands and to abide by the rule of law.

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