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Judicial probe panel seeks statements from public

Shillong, Sept 10:  The judicial inquiry commission constituted by the state government to probe into the killing of former HNLC leader Cherishstarfield Thangkhiew has issued a public notice asking people to furnish statements in connection with the incident.

The commission headed by the Meghalaya Human Rights Commission (MHRC) chairperson Justice (retd) T Vaiphei has given time till September 25 for people to submit their views.

“The commission by this public notice calls upon all persons/officials, who are acquainted with the incident which took place on August 13, at about 3 am at the residence of (L) C Thangkhiew at Mawlai Kynton Massar, Shillong to furnish to the commission a statement about the incident and every statement so furnished shall reach the office of the commission, which is located at Meghalaya Human Rights Commission Campus, Old Arunachal Pradesh Secretariat, Cantonment Area near Anjali Petrol Pump, Shillong – 793001 on or before September 25, during office hours,” said  the secretary of the one-man probe panel.

“Be it noted that the commission, in the absence of any rules framed in this regard by the state government or till the time such rules are made by the latter, has decided to adopt the provisions of the Commission of Inquiry (Central) Rules, 1952, mutatis mutandis, to regulate its proceeding (including the fixing of places and times of its sittings and deciding whether to sit in public or in private) as contemplated by Section 8 of the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952,” he said.

The one- man commission of Inquiry has been constituted by the government of Meghalaya under section 3 of the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952 to inquire into the facts and circumstances leading to the police action on August 13 resulting in the death of  Thangkhiew.

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