Shillong: Reacting to the unrest in Meghalaya in the aftermath of the killing of a former militant in a police encounter, Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik – whose convoy was also attacked on August 17 – said there was no question of imposing President’s rule in the state, which he said had no law and order issues. 

“I am not on their list to be attacked and I was not in the convoy,” Malik said, adding that the law and order situation in Meghalaya was ‘perfect’.

“Time and again some eruptions take place and that happens in all states. There is nothing here that can be termed as a breakdown of law and order,” the Governor said.

The Governor also supported the chief minister’s statement on the government’s willingness to hold talks unconditionally and within the ambit of the Indian Constitution.

Malik said the killing of ex-HNLC militant Cherishterfield Thangkhiew, which led to the law and order situation in Shillong, was unfortunate and shouldn’t have happened. 

“The judicial probe is the only way to find out who is at fault,” said Malik, adding that it would be a violation of human rights if the inquiry proved that excessive and unnecessary force was used.

“Once the report is out, the government will act on it immediately,” the Governor said.

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