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Shillong Mar 7:Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today assured that a judicial inquiry will be instituted to probe into last night police firing in North Garo Hill district. Three people were injured after police fired, suspecting them to be militants, when they sped away at three different checkpoints at Resu-Khaladeng road.
Following the firing, an angry mob attacked the Resubelpara police station and barracks besides burning down seven vehicles. "We will have a judicial inquiry and apart from the support system being provided to all the injured victims, the compensation policy will be implemented," Dr Sangma told the assembly.
The chief minister's assurance came after opposition National People's Party legislators James Sangma and Nihim D Shira besides ruling Congress legislator Salseng C Marak urged the government for a proper judicial inquiry into the matter.
Meanwhile, several civil society group has served two day's ultimatum to the government for immediate transfer of Dalton P Marak, the Superintendent of Police of North Garo Hills while holding him responsible for last night's firing. They also demanded termination of the erring police personnel on duty. Mr Shira had moved a Zero Hour notice to discuss on the issue. However, Speaker Abu Taher Mondal informed that Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh had informed him that he would be making a sou motu statement on the incident.
The Home Minister said the police fired at the three persons travelling in pickup van sped away at three checkpoints despite police signaled them to stop. He said the police were conducting checking based on inputs about movement of an armed militant William Sangma. The victims — Milseng Sangma (35), Tubal Sangma (29) and Janrak Sangma (27) have been shifted to a private hospital in Assam's Guwahati for better medical treatment.
Moreover, Mr Lyngdoh said the place of occurrence was very close to the border with Assam and there were several activities by various militant organizations such as United Liberation Front of Asom, Garo National Liberation Army, National Democratic Front of Boroland and other splinter groups. "The police have been working under very challenging circumstances and they have acted with restraint and have earned public goodwill," he said.
Mr Lyngdoh said the forces at the Resubelpara police station were overpowered and the Resubelpara PS building and two barracks were ransacked and a mini truck in the premises was also burnt down, he said.
Stating that the district has recently seen a lot of militant activities, he said there was an encounter on February 25 with a notorious militant Singbirth Marak alias Norok who had formed a new militant outfit named United Achik National Front (UANF).
Similarly, another dreaded terrorist William who was responsible for a number of kidnappings and other crimes in Assam and Meghalaya had an encounter with the district police a couple of days ago and sophisticated weapons and ammunitions were recovered from the place of encounter, he said.
Meanwhile, the chief minister said the situation is being monitored by Chief Secretary K S Kropha and Director General of Police S B Singh.
"We will ensure there is no scope for creating any situation so that normalcy in the area is restored," Dr Sangma said.