Shillong, July 28: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said on Friday that the arrests following the Tura violence were based on evidence and not on looking at the political parties.
“Arrests were made not because they belong to political parties but on evidence”, he told journalists during a press conference.
However, he refused to comment on the police profiling the persons based on political parties as per the list of arrested persons released initially with TMC and BJP tags.
,Lapses were there’
According to the chief minister , there were some lapses as he was asked not to go to the venue where the violence took place.
Police had asked the chief minister to have the meeting at Circuit House but he chose to hold the meeting at his office in Tura as he made a commitment to the pressure groups who wanted a dialogue with him.
Waiting for police investigation before independent probe
The chief minister said the government will be waiting for the police investigation to be over before having any independent probe.
“We will wait for the initial reports before deciding on a different probe. The NGOs who came for talks said the people who gathered outside did not belong to them, hence these need answers”, the chief minister said.
He also denied the allegations that the police were acting as agents of political bosses and added that the police personnel had infact protected him during the violence. He said the police personnel were attacked by the crowd
Talks after normalcy
Post violence , there is uncertainty over the talks with the pressure groups on the issue of winter capital and reservation roster.
“Once the normalcy returns, we will decide the matter”.