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Shillong jailbreak probe to complete within time-frame
Correspondent SHILLONG, OCT 5:
Published on 6 Oct. 2009 12:07 AM IST
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The one man inquiry commission probing into the high-profile May 31 Shillong jailbreak today assured of completing the inquiry within the stipulated time. “Efforts are on to complete the inquiry into the incident within the 120 days’ provided I get the cooperation from all,” Justice (retd) D Biswas said. The Cabinet had given 120 days’ times to the Commission of Inquiry to complete its probe. On June 23, Chief Minister DD Lapang had recommended a judicial probe following the opposition Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and SCAMOD asked the government to come clean on the issue. Altogether, two affidavits were submitted to the Commission, including an affidavit filed by the Steering Committee Against Murder of Democracy (SCAMOD), which demanded for instituting a judicial probe into the jailbreak. Supreme Court lawyer KTS Tulsi submitted the affidavit on behalf of the Meghalaya government, Justice Biswas said. The last date of submission of affidavits ended today. The Cabinet had given 120 day’s times to the Commission of Inquiry to complete its probe. Earlier, the government had instituted a magisterial inquiry, departmental inquiry, besides an administrative enquiry headed by Principal Secretary in-charge Home (Police) PBO Warjri had examined all the circumstances that led to the escape of the seven UTPs. The administrative enquiry, which was submitted to the government, had accused state Director General of Police Anil K Pradhan for influencing his subordinates to drop all charges against the Congress leader after his arrest on charges of aiding and abetting the jailbreak. However, the Cabinet found that the administrative enquiry was “inconclusive” and entrusted justice Biswas to probe into all aspects of the related to the jailbreak. The terms of reference of the probe is to ascertain the circumstances leading to the jailbreak, death of jailbreak ringleader Fullmoon Dhar and events leading to the arrest and release of Congress politician Thomas Nongtdu. The post jailbreak case witnessed protest from SCAMOD demanding the removal of Mr Pradhan from the post of DGP after being indicted by the administrative enquiry. In the wake of the protest, Pradhan commuted leave on medical grounds for 60 days’ from August 3 to October 2. Earlier, the government had suspended 11 jail officials, including the jail superintendent for dereliction of duty, while nine jail wardens were arrested for their alleged aiding and abetting in the jailbreak.

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