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NGOs set three days deadline for removal of DGP
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 17:
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Published on 17 Jul. 2009 11:09 PM IST
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The Steering Committee Against Murder of Democracy (SCAMOD) on Friday demanded the removal of Meghalaya Director General of Police (DGP) Anil Pradhan within three days for letting off Congress leader Thomas Nongtdu, who is accused of financing the Shillong district jailbreak. SCAMOD’s fresh demand is significant after an administrative enquiry headed by Principal Secretary in-charge Home (Police) department PBO Warjri accuses Mr Pradhan for directing his subordinates to drop all charges against the Congress leader. “After examining the enquiry report, we are convinced that Pradhan had influenced his junior officers to facilitate the release of Nongtdu within 48 hours,” SCAMOD Spokesperson Samuel Jyrwa told reporters here, while reiterating the removal of Pradhan from the post of DGP. SCAMOD, an umbrella organisation of various groups have also decided to submit a memorandum to Chief Minister DD Lapang to remind him of his assurance that the incumbent DGP would be removed if he is found guilty. Now that the enquiry report has clearly pointed out the lapses committed by the DGP, Mr Jyrwa said the Chief Minister should remove Pradhan within July 22. “If the government refuses to comply with our demand, our next course of action then will be decided,” he said. According to the administrative enquiry report, the DGP ordered his subordinates, East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police, LB Rapthap and DSP crime Vivek Syiem to “drop all charges against Nongtdu” and asked them to show him the draft discharge petition before it was submitted to the Court. The DGP, however, in the report stated that “he had nothing to do with such a decision, and insisted that case against Thomas Nongtdu was not discharged or dropped but bail was granted.” Nongtdu a nominated member of the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council allegedly financed Rs three lakh for the jailbreak. The police had arrested Nongtdu in connection with the jailbreak, but the court however granted him bail. The terms of reference of the report were to inquire into facts and circumstances leading to release of Nongdtu and dropping of charges against the politician from Janitia Hills and enquire into alleged politician-criminal nexus. On May 31, seven UTPs, including notorious criminal Fullmoon Dhar escaped from the Shillong district jail. Dhar was reportedly killed in an encounter with the police, while the remaining six others were recaptured. The 13-paged report also heaped the blame on junior police officials for some of the blunders they committed during investigation of the case and Pradhan. “DGP’s self professed lack of knowledge of decisions taken and of facts, does not reflect well on authority in the functioning of the state police,” the report said. On May 31, seven UTPs, including notorious criminal Fullmoon Dhar escaped from the Shillong district jail. Dhar was reportedly killed in an encounter with the police, while the remaining six others were recaptured.

 
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