Tura violence divides government

Shillong, Aug 1:Tura violence has divided the government as far as varied views on the incident emerging from West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Jagdish Chelani, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and the Director General of Police LR Bishnoi, are concerned.

According to reports appeared in a local daily and a digital media outlet, the deputy commissioner was quoted as saying that there was no pre-plan from any quarters to attack the chief minister as the evidence in this regard was lacking.


This was different from the statement of the DGP during the recent press conference in the city that the police have evidence to show that there was a move to attack the chief minister..

Curiously, under pressure, the West Garo Hills deputy commissioner gave another statement on Tuesday in the online section of the daily  that only an inquiry will reveal whether there was any conspiracy.

When sought his respose via WhatsApp, the deputy commissioner said the second statement is correct but did not comment to a query whether he was misquoted in the newspaper.

The digital media outlet,however, removed the entire response of the deputy commissioner.

Taking another view, the chief minister had told reporters during a press conference recently that the government will go by evidence on the matter downplaying the political angle whereas the police data had mentioned the involvement of political parties.

The chief minister had also admitted that he was advised by the police to have the meeting with ACHIK leaders at Circuit House, Tura but he chose to meet them at CMO office, Tura as he had already made a commitment to them.

A few days ago prior to the Tura violence, Agriculture Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh aborted her trip in Garo Hills and returned to Shillong as per an advice following intelligence inputs about the unrest in Tura.

When contacted, police sources did not want to comment on the stand of the deputy commissioner.

However, a legal expert said the contradictory statements will only weaken the inquiry and the case being taken up by the police.

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