Thursday, October 6, 2022

Police custody of M’laya BJP leader extended


The Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Tura in Meghalaya on Wednesday further extended the police custody of state BJP vice-president Bernard N Marak for six days.
With this, the days in custody of Marak, who has been booked under the Immoral Trafficking Act, 1956, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and the Explosives Substances Act, 1908 and is currently in the police dragnet, will now be 26 days.
The senior BJP leader, who is also a sitting member of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council, was produced before the Court on completion of six days police custody on Wednesday in a case related to the seizure of explosives from his farmhouse at Edenbari.
A police official said that the investigating officer has sought for eight more days’ police custody to interrogate Marak in connection with the seizure of explosives. However, the court granted only six more days of police custody. Police seized 35 gelatine sticks, 100 detonators apart from four cross bows and 15 arrows from Marak’s farmhouse on July 29. Marak, a former leader of the now-disbanded militant outfit ANVC (B), was arrested on July 27 by Uttar Pradesh police.