Final appeal for justice


A few months back, the Sur Ka Bri Hynniewtrep (SKBH) had expressed disappointment over the delay in the independent inquiry into Cherishstarfield Thangkhiew’s murder where the Meghalaya State Human Rights Commission had taken cognisance of. Nothing seemed to have moved since the encounter took place.


The commission headed by retired Chief Justice of Tripura High Court, Justice T. Vaiphei, however, appeared serious about completing the inquiry at the earliest, but for reasons best known, it is the state police department who is trying to delay the matter by different ways and means.

I feel ashamed — as a police officer myself — to admit that this is not the first time our department has buried a heinous crime. Who can forget the infamous murder of our very own PJ Marbaniang? Or even Fullmoon Dhar, Ïohbianhun Sahkhar or the recent Daisy Shallam murder case for that matter? Meghalaya police has time and again denied burial of “the truth” to cover up its blunder.

As a police officer who had sworn to serve the state with integrity, I have generally found my colleagues to be honest, helpful and professional, but these are cases where some clearly were not. I was working on a case a few months back when the murder of a young girl named Daisy Shallam from Lapalang locality here in Shillong came to my attention. The whole thing came to light when — as they say in the crime world — an informant contacted me. Three things subsequently became evident:

  1. The girl, who was found dead inside her car with a chullah and a fake suicide note beside her, did not really commit suicide as state police announced, but was actually murdered. Her murder is definitely one of the most well designed I have come across so far.
  2. The unfortunate — an educated girl with no criminal record — had incidentally, accidentally discovered evidence linking a well-known personality and his nephew to a sex racket. Information suggested that some of my colleagues involved were trying to make sure what she knew and had in her possession was not discovered by the media or worse, the general public.
  3. Unlike other post mortem reports, all related information subsequently (depending who you talked to) either disappeared or “wasn’t available”.

The grieving family of young Daisy Shallam on the other hand, were misled by investigators where they were first told that their loved one had committed suicide; later the family was further misled whereby the police silently cleared the name of the main suspect from Pynthorbah, a relative of a sitting MLA, whose obscene video was the reason for Daisy’s death.

Though Meghalaya police has used several excuses as pretext, public assessment concludes that their “wise decisions” are a part of a deliberate effort to prevent public protest and erase any enduring reminders of the incident. So, in trying to gather more information, I tried to cross-examine my colleagues handling the case. I found them professionally pleasant but unable or unwilling to provide useful information.

In the process of attempting to do my part of the investigation, some things started happening. And here, frankly, it is hard to separate reality from ensuing paranoia. The Daisy Murder case is closed as we know it. No proper investigation was conducted. No arrests were made. Beyond this, I learned one rather scary thing — you get a very lonely feeling when you have broken no laws, but the people who most threaten you are the very people who are supposed to protect you.

As a police officer, Meghalayan and fellow human being, this letter is my final attempt to bring out the truth. I request family members of (L) Daisy Shallam to go all out and push the government for a fair and independent CBI inquiry.


Name withheld on request

(Meghalaya Monitor had received a similar letter in the past appealing for proper inquiry into the case)

Read: Police bury pending cases

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