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Probe into Garo hills encounter

Tura, Jan. 20: The district administration in Meghalaya’s West Garo Hills will announce a magisterial probe tomorrow on the recent encounter at Darengagal, near Chunmati Dobasipara, where four cadres of the breakaway faction of A’chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC-B) were killed.

West Garo Hills deputy commissioner Pravin Bakshi said, “After sending reports to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), we were waiting for their directive. So far, we have not received any directive. However, we will formally announce a magisterial probe tomorrow.”

He said the chief judicial magistrate’s (CJM) court will give its order for the disposal of the slain cadres tomorrow, who were yet to be identified.

The encounter took place on January 11. However, nobody has come forward to claim the bodies.

Meanwhile, a conglomeration of social organisations met the deputy commissioner here seeking an independent probe by a retired high court judge into the encounter, which was allegedly a “fake” one.

Bakshi advised them to approach the political secretary for further action. The civil society members termed their meeting with DC as cordial.

The members also met West Garo Hills superintendent of police Mukesh Singh seeking photographs of the slain cadres. The bodies of the slain cadres will be exhumed tomorrow after the CJM court order.