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Agitation to remove Meghalaya DGP
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 31:
Published on 31 Jul. 2009 11:36 PM IST
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Putting pressure on the two-month-old DD Lapang ministry to oust Meghalaya Director General of Police Anil K Pradhan, social organisations on Friday called for series of agitation starting from August 3. The Steering Committee Against Murder of Democracy (SCAMOD), an umbrella organisation of 14 NGOs announced that a two night road blockade would begin on August 3 and 4 at 7 p.m and end at 5 a.m in East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills and Ri-Bhoi districts of the state. Announcing the second phase of agitation, SCAMOD Spokesperson Samuel Jyrwa said the organisation has called for public curfew on August 6 and 7 from 7 p.m to 5 a.m to mount pressure on the government to fulfill their genuine demand. “The government has forced us to take to streets rather than fulfilling our genuine demand,” Jyrwa said, while criticising the Congress-led government for shielding the DGP, who was indicted by the administrative enquiry for letting-off Congress leader Thomas Nongtdu, the prime-accused of the May 31 jailbreak. Nongtdu a nominated member of the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council allegedly financed Rs three lakh for the jailbreak. The administrative inquiry report on the high-profile jailbreak however revealed that Pradhan instructed his subordinates to drop all charges against Nongtdu. On Thursday, the Cabinet had termed the enquiry report headed by Principal Secretary in-charge PBO Warjri as “inconclusive”, but decided to entrust the judicial commission to probe into all aspects related to the Shillong jailbreak. On July 23, the state government had notified a one-man judicial inquiry commission headed by Justice (Retd) D Biswas to inquire into the Shillong jailbreak in which seven UTPs, including notorious criminal Fullmoon Dhar escaped from the Shillong district jail. Fullmoon was later killed in an encounter with the police, while the rest were recaptured. Justice Biswas will also probe into the reason behind Nongdtu’s arrest and his subsequent release to establish the criminal-politician nexus into the jailbreak. The judicial inquiry would be given 120 day’s time to complete its probe. Jyrwa made it clear that the demand for removal of the DGP was aimed at to ensure a free and impartial judicial probe. “But if the government continues to remain adamant on our demand. We would intensify our agitation to meet our demand,” he said.

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