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Minister denies knowledge in M’laya jailbreak
Correspondent SHILLONG, JAN 19:
Published on 19 Jan. 2010 11:47 PM IST
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Union Minister of State Vincent H Pala, who has been named in last year’s Shillong jailbreak has denied of knowing Fullmoon Dhar, the slain jailbreak ring leader. Two Under Trial Prisoners (UTPs) who appeared before the Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice (retd) D Biswas revealed that Fullmoon was in touch with a “Congress Lok Sabha MP candidate” before he escaped prison. Thongni and Marbaniang were two of the UTPs who along with Fullmoon and four others escaped the Shillong District Jail before all were caught, while Fullmoon was gunned down by the police in Jaintia Hills. “It is a political conspiracy against me and there has no truth at all,” Pala said over the phone from New Delhi. He added: “I have never seen Fullmoon or had any conversation with him at any point of time. I came to know about him only through his photographs.” However, Pala accused Steering Committee against Murder of Democracy (SCAMOD) leader Agnes Kharshiing for implicating him in the case to avenge the defeat of her brother John F Kharshiing in last Lok Sabha elections against him. Thongni and Marbaniang who appeared before the Commission yesterday alleged that the Circle Inspector of Jaintia Hills, EB Kyndiah had told them not to reveal any facts before the Commission relating to the jailbreak. Both Thongni and Marbaniang has claimed that Fullmoon Dhar after being caught by the police in Kdonghati forest area near Nartiang in Jaintia Hills on June 1, 2009 was “shot dead” point blank by the police although he did not resist. The Commission would have its next hearing on February 12 and has to submit its report by February 23 after the State Government gave an extension of 70 days in December 13 last year.

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