Cherish probe report now with govt

Shillong, May 20: The retired Chief Justice T Vaiphei, who headed the one-man judicial inquiry commission, submitted the probe report on the death of former HNLC leader Cherishstarfield Thangkhiew, on Friday.

Vaiphei submitted the report to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.


Vaiphei said he submitted the report to the chief minister but the content cannot be revealed.

Content yet to be disclosed 

When asked about the recommendations, he said,” That I can’t disclose. It is a privilege document.”

He said though the government had issued notification in August last year, the work started in the first week of September.

There were procedural issues for three months and the hearing started in December, he said.

The commission completed the probe in the  last week of April.

To a question, he said the family, the police and the lawyers cooperated with the commission.

Besides visiting the residence of Thangkhiew, the commission also examined four family members, six police personnel and two doctors.

“Now it is upto the government to examine the report”, he said.

Though the commission had completed the report last Saturday, it was submitted to  the chief minister only on Friday as the CM was not available.

The commission got extension three times before completing the task.

The killing of Thangkhiew on August 13 in police action at his residence at Mawlai Kynton Massar had sparked controversy and protests leading to the formation of the judiciary inquiry commission.

The terms of reference of the commission were to look into the circumstances leading to the police action resulting in the death of Thangkhiew, submission of a fact finding report as to the culpability or otherwise of the police action among others.

The reasons cited for the terms of reference  were that many complaints have been received by the state government alleging unnatural circumstances leading to the death of Thangkhiew and the public grievances and anguish due to these complaints and allegations have caused widespread disruption of public order and have become a matter of public importance.


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