Shillong: The Director-General of Police (DGP) R Chandranathan has applied for leave, said Meghalaya Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui.

Rymbui informed that he is yet to receive the file and didn’t have many details about the leave duration.

The home minister further mentioned that the Govt has constituted a judicial inquiry to look into the circumstances which led to the extra judicial killing of ex-HNLC leader Cherishterfield Thangkhiew on August 13. “It depends on the committee, and it is premature to comment on it since it is an independent body,” said Rymbui.

The Meghalaya DGP’s application for leave has come at a time when an inquiry is being carried out in the death of ex-HNLC leader. This has raised eyebrows about the timing of his leave and has even raised questions if the government will approve it or not.

It may be mentioned that the recent protests carried out by ‘Sur U Nong Mawlai’ (Voice of the people of Mawlai) condemned the statement of DGP Chandranathan and alleged that it was a fake encounter. The DGP’s effigy was burnt along with that of the other top cops and ministers on August 25.

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