Shillong, Sep 29: The witnesses of Mukroh incident, MDC of Borato-Mukroh Hamboydei Sumer and headman Aiborlang Shadap, were across-examined by the Assam counsels in the city on Friday during the hearing of one-man inquiry commission headed by Justice (retd) T Vaiphei.
They were discharged as their cross examination was declined by other counsels.
As agreed by all counsels, the remaining witness Bikram D Marak, SP, West Khasi Hills will be cross-examined on October 6 at 11.30 am.
Bikram was the SP West Jaintia Hills when the Mukroh firing incident took place in which five persons, including an Assam forest guard were killed on November 22 last year.
On Friday, Meghalaya was represented by counsels AS Pandey and A Sharan, and Assam by PN Goswami, the Additional Advocate General, Assam with counsel D. Gogoi.
TL Jyrwa, the counsel for the villagers of Mukroh and J. Shylla, the counsel for the commission were also present.
Commision to visit Mukroh
Later, speaking to reporters, Vaiphei said that he will visit Mukroh after the hearing in October.
The commission wants to complete the probe at the earliest.
More than ten witnesses were examined during the course of the hearing by the commission.
The Assam inquiry commission headed by retired Justice Rumi Phukan had submitted the report to Assam government on September 22.
Though she called for a hearing in Shillong, nobody from Meghalaya turned up during the sitting of the commission.
Concern over frequent border incident
Later, speaking to reporters, the MDC Shadap, expressed concern over the frequent border skirmishes especially the recent incidents at Lapangap in West Jaintia Hills.
He pointed out that while the well-armed Assam police personnel guard the inter-state border, Meghalaya police are seen holding only lathis.
He urged the state government to provide arms to the Meghalaya police personnel so that this instill security in the minds of the border residents.