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SCAMOD rules out talks, decides to agitate in M’laya
Correspondent SHILLONG, AUG 2:
Published on 2 Aug. 2009 11:40 PM IST
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The agitating Steering Committee Against Murder of Democracy (SCAMOD) today ruled out further talks with the Meghalaya government over their demand for removal of state Director General of Police, Anil Pradhan. “We will go ahead with our series of agitation starting from tomorrow to press the government for the removal of the DGP,” SCAMOD leader Emlang Lyttan told here. The organistion is demanding Pradhan’s removal after the administrative report held him responsible of influencing his subordinate officers to drop charges against Congress politician Thomas Nongtdu accused of financing the May 31 jailbreak. SCAMOD, an umbrella of 14 organisations has called the night road blockade and public curfew from August 3 to 8. During evenings the road blockade would begin at 7 pm and end in 5 am the next day. The public curfew would follow the road blockade on August 6 with the same time restrictions till August 8. Chief Minister DD Lapang has offered the olive branch to the agitating NGOs saying all matters should be resolved through talks so that normal life was not disturbed. However, the SCAMOD leaders said it was futile exercise to hold further talks with the government if Pradhan was not removed. “We are not going to accept the government’s invitation what we want is the immediate removal of the DGP,” Lyttan said, adding that their demand was to ensure an impartial judicial probe on the jailbreak episode. The state government had notified a one-man judicial inquiry commission, headed by Justice (retd) D Biswas, to inquire into the jailbreak case. Fullmoon was later killed in an encounter while the rest were recaptured. Justice Biswas will probe the reasons behind Nongdtu’s arrest and his subsequent release to establish the criminal-politician nexus. The judicial inquiry would be given 120 days time to complete its probe. Chief Minister said yesterday everything depends on the DGP himself now if he willingly steps down from the post and go on leave. “We are exploring all options and it now depends on the DGP what suits him best,” Lapang said. Meanwhile, the security has been beefed up in the three districts of Ri-Bhoi, East, West Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills after miscreants torched a government vehicle last night. Section 144 CrPC has been imposed in East Khasi Hills and other districts and vehicles are being frisked. The political department has issued orders to government officials to park their vehicles at designated places.

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