Shillong effigy burning

Shillong: The Voice of the people of Mawlai (Sur Ki Nong Mawlai) on Wednesday burnt the effigies of the Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma, Deputy Chief Minister Tynsong, Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui, Director of General Police (DGP) Chandranathan, East Jaintia Hills Superintendent of Police (SP) Jagpal Singh Dhanao and the SP Traffic (East Khasi Hills District).

Thousands gathered at Mawlai junction, locally known as Mawlai petrol pump, and joined hands in sloganeering and demanding justice for the late Cherishterfield Thangkhiew. They demanded the suspension of officers in charge of the raid/encounter on August 13, leading to the death of Thangkhiew.

The organisations also met with chief minister Conrad K Sangma on August 18 and had demanded the suspension. Following this meeting, the chief minister announced that a judicial inquiry would be set up and would be headed by the chairperson of Meghalaya Human Rights Commission (MHRC) Justice T Vaiphei. President of the Seng Samla Mawlai Pyllun (SSMP) Samuel Biam said they would continue to demand the immediate suspension of those incharge, and would not be part of the peace committee.

Hynniewtrep Youths’ Council (HYC) Mawlai Circle president Donboklang Kharlyngdoh said that the death of Cherishterfield Thankhiew has brought people and especially the different pressure groups to come together to fight for his justice.

“They entered the house of a sick person and killed him. Meghalaya police are witchcraft practitioners and are killers. The government has sent some black sheep to break us but yet we have all remained united for the demand of justice for Cherishterfield Thangkhiew,” said Kharlyngdoh.

He also condemned the home minister Lahkmen Rymbui for not taking any action On their demand. “Don’t turn this into a joke and a game about the death of Cherishterfield, he has to show his courage to suspend those police officers, then we will laud you,” said the Mawlai Circle president.

Stating that with no solution they will not rest, Kharlyngdoh accused Chief minister Conrad K Sangma of being ‘the father of those committing crime.’

Different pressure groups came forward to participate in the burning of effigies. They have also decided that a signature campaign ‘Justice First’ and a candlelight vigil will be carried out on Friday.

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