Vacillation in the Inquiry into the Mookhep Firing Incident
Members of two NGOs along with families of victims from East Jaintia Hills District staged a black flag protest march against the firing incident at Mookhep, in Shillong on 30-11-15. Pix by UB Photos

Vacillation in the Inquiry into the Mookhep Firing Incident

The State government said that there was nothing confidential in the magisterial inquiry report into the Mookhep firing incident but are there loopholes within the system?

#Two persons – Derestmon Siangshai and Setlang Phawa were killed, and seven others injured during police firing at Mookhep in East Jaintia Hills District on September 24 last year while they were part of a group agitating over many issues related to National Green Tribunal (N.G.T) ban on coal mining.

#Earlier, the State Government had rejected the magisterial inquiry report of East Jaintia Hills Additional Deputy Commissioner S.S. Syiemlieh who had been entrusted with the task of investigating the cause of the incident.

#In March this year, D.P Wahlang was appointed to probe the death of the two persons and injury to many others. Wahlang submitted the report to the government recently. However, the pressure groups especially from Jaintia Hills and the NPP had been harping on the demand to release the magisterial inquiry report. But the Government is silent on the demand.

#Five Jaintia Hills based organisations – M.P.U.F, J.S.M, R.J.Y.F, H.A.N.M and H.N.Y.F – have expressed concern over the failure of the State Government to come out with answers of the police firing incident at Mookhep.

#The relatives of the deceased persons seeked the intervention of the Central government through a copy of the representation on their demands which was submitted to the M.P of Lok Sabha from Tura, Purno Sangma. The representation included demands for extended compensation and employment to a member of the deceased's household. Jaintia Hills N.G.Os and families of the victims, who were killed in the Mookhep firing last year, served  a ten-day deadline on Monday to the state government to make public the 'inquiry reports' probing into the incident.They have threatened to announce agitations if the state government fails to meet their demand and also terminate the officials involved in ordering and firing.

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