Shillong, Oct. 19: Justice (retd) S.P. Rajkhowa inquiry commission probing the 2009 Shillong jailbreak case, today issued orders to summon three more witnesses, including officials of the Forensic Science Laboratory, Guwahati.
In his order, Rajkhowa said the three witnesses — two from the forensic lab in Guwahati and sub-inspector R.A. Sangma of Meghalaya police — would have to appear before the commission for examining them as its witnesses.
Sangma held the first inquest on the body of Full Moon Dhar, the alleged ringleader in the Shillong jailbreak case on May 31, 2009, who was shot dead in an alleged fake encounter in Jaintia Hills.
Agnes Kharshiing, leader of the Steering Committee Against Murder of Democracy (SCAMOD), an umbrella of various pressure groups and social organisations, had requested Rajkhowa to include Sangma as a witness in addition to the two forensic laboratory officials.
The commission will meet again on November 8 and 9 where the witnesses will also be examined. It had last met in July.
After refusing to extend the inquiry period recently, the government had given an extension of three more months to the panel to complete the probe.
The extension given would also be the last and the report is expected to be released in January next year.
The probe is on the five terms of reference of the inquiry, which include the reason behind the jailbreak and the circumstances leading to the death of Full Moon Dhar.
On July 23, 2009 the state government had first appointed Justice (retd) D. Biswas to conduct the probe.
Rajkhowa was appointed after Biswas was selected as the Upalokayukta in Assam in April 2010.