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HC issues notice to Meghalaya Govt on firing

The Gauhati HC issues a notice to the state Govt asking what action has been taken against the security personnel involved in firing incidents in September, 2005.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2008 15:26 IST

The Gauhati High Court has issued a notice to the Meghalaya government asking what action has been taken against the security personnel involved in twin firing incidents at Tura and Williamnagar in Garo hills that killed nine persons in September, 2005.

A special bench of the court headed by Chief Justice Jasti Chelameswar and Justice BP Kakoty issued the statement on Wednesday acting on a PIL by one MM Sangma and the family members of the victims.

Lawyer Amit Tiwari, who represented the petitioners, told PTI on Thursday that the court has asked the Meghalaya government to furnish details of the action taken against the erring security personnel, after which the court would decide on whether to recommend CBI inquiry into the incident.

The petitioners have sought a CBI probe contending that a high-level probe would 'give justice to the victims and bring the culprits to book'.

Earlier, the Meghalaya government had instituted two separate probes, one headed by Justice DN Chowdhury and Justice (retd) DN Barua, to inquire into the two incidents simultaneously.

The two reports were tabled in the Assembly by Chief Minister DD Lapang after nearly two years. One of the reports indicted some state government officials for the Tura incident.

However, it has been alleged that no action has been taken against those indicted by the inquiry commissions. Moreover, the Williamnagar inquiry was rejected by NGOs, who demanded a fresh inquiry into the matter.

Nine people died and several others were injured at the two places in the twin police firings when people had gathered at Tura and Williamnagar to protest the government's move to revamp the Meghalaya Board of Secondary Education (MBoSE).