Shillong: Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma on Saturday informed that they received credible inputs from the intelligence agency of another impending attack, which led the police to act swiftly.

During a media briefing, Sangma informed that the attempt on another attack would risk the lives of citizens and police decided to move swiftly to ensure no other mishaps take place in the state.

During a media briefing, Sangma informed that the attempt on another attack would risk the lives of citizens and police decided to move swiftly to ensure no other mishaps take place in the state.

The chief minister added that the police had tangible and credible information linking slain former HNLC Cherishterfield Thangkhiew with the blasts in East Jaintia Hills and Laitumkhrah market. The investigation was expedited and for which necessary raids was required, Sangma said that there was no attempt to hurt anyone but it was amid unfortunate circumstances.

“It would have been more beneficial if he was arrested. The police could get more details, but like I said that it was unfortunate,” added Sangma.

Meanwhile, the chief minister informed that following the raid, the Superintendent of Police (SP) East Khasi Hills district submitted the report to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

He informed me that there would be a Magisterial inquiry which is currently under process. Based on the report submitted by the Magisterial inquiry, the NHRC will look into it and then decide if there will be an independent or judicial enquiry or any further action is required.

The chief minister has appealed to all the citizens to maintain peace. Sangma said that whatever the police or govt is doing is in the interest and the safety of the citizens of the state.

When asked how things were at the moment if there are more threats, Sangma said that police are on high alert.

The chief minister requested not to be forced to divulge the details of the evidence that they had. “I have been advised by the agencies not to disclose since it would affect the investigation process,” said Sangma.

Concerning the evidence against Cherishterfield, Sangma said that after the blast took place, police intensified the investigation.

“After going into large information gathered and a detailed investigation, police found credible and tangible evidence of a large number of people and also the person who died yesterday. Based on this police made a strategy how to move forward,” said Sangma.

Concerning holding peace talks, Sangma said that they have maintained since day one that the government wants to maintain peace and hold talks with any organisation.

Demand to observe August 15 as Black Day

Meanwhile, not willing to come to terms with the Meghalaya police’s statement that former HNLC general secretary Cherishterfield Thangkhiew was killed in an encounter, social organisation in Meghalaya, Hynniewtrep Youths’ Council (HYC) on Saturday put up banners at Motphran in Shillong.

HYC has demanded the removal of Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui and to prosecute Meghalaya Police since the organisation feels that former HNLC general secretary who was killed by the police on Friday, was killed in a ‘fake encounter’.

Ka Sur Ki Nong Mawlai’ (Voice of the people of Mawlai) has urged the people of the state to pay tribute to Cherishterfield by observing tomorrow August 15, which is also Independence Day celebration, as ‘Black Flag Day’. They have also alleged that what the police has done was an illegal raid and also murdered Cherishterfield.

Member and social activist, Samran Syiem said that we urge not only the people of Mawlai but everyone in the state to participate in observing tomorrow as black flag day.

They have also requested citizens to participate in a 5 minutes black-out today at 7 pm, as a mark of respect to Cherishterfield. “This is done to show that we are against the illegal activity of the police in killing Bah Che and also to pay our respects for the contribution he has made to the society,” stated Syiem.

HYC and ‘Ka Sur Ki Nong Mawlai’ have also condemned the actions of the police for beating the two sons who were taken by the police for interrogation after the raid-turned-encounter. The organisation has asked for the police to come out and clarify since the police had earlier in their statement mentioned that two associates of Cherishterfield were arrested.

On Friday evening during a briefing Meghalaya DGP, R Chandranathan said that there is a slight correction with the release the two who have been picked up were taken for interrogation and not arrested. The police in their statement has also mentioned the two boys were associates and didn’t pay heed to their information that they were just his sons and not his associates.

The two sons, Grainy FG Diengdoh and Olifin G Diengdoh, on Friday after being released slammed the police for their insensitivity. 

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