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Report on killing of ex-HNLC leader Thangkhiew submitted

The State government appointed Vaiphei, who is also the chairperson of Meghalaya Human Rights Commission (MHRC) after there was a law and order situation over the death of Thangkhiew at his residence in the wee hours of August 13,2021. 

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Shillong: Former Chief Justice of Tripura High Court T Vaiphei on Friday submitted the judicial inquiry report into the killing of former leader of the outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Cherishterfield Thangkhiew to Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma. 

The State government appointed Vaiphei, who is also the chairperson of Meghalaya Human Rights Commission (MHRC) after there was a law and order situation over the death of Thangkhiew at his residence in the wee hours of August 13,2021. 

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Thangkhiew family members and various pressure groups had alleged that the killing of the former militant leader was a “cold blooded murder”. 

“I have submitted my report to the government. I cannot disclose as it is the prerogative of the State government. It is upto the government to accept or not on the report and recommendation of the Commission,”Vaiphei told reporters. 

He said that there were no difficulties in carrying out the inquiry because of the cooperation of both the victims’ families and the police.

The one-man inquiry commission concluded its hearing on April 22 and had examined six police officials, and including Jagpal Singh Dhanoa, the district police chief of East Jaintia who led the operation, four family members of Thangkhiew and two doctors.

The State police had claimed that Thangkhiew was killed in retaliatory firing as the former militant had tried to attack the police with a knife. 

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