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Agnes hits out at cops

Tura, Feb. 17: The Civil Society Women’s Organisation (CSWO) today expressed shock over the video, which showed a blindfolded man falling down after a suspected GNLA militant fired a volley of bullets at him.

The video was released to the media by the chairman of new civil group — A’chik Peace Volunteers Council (APVC) — Che Guevera Marak.

The 26-second video was taken along National Highway 44E, connecting Shillong, Nongstoin and Tura, which is still under construction.

The council, in its letter to Union home secretary Anil Goswami had stated that the video clip was aimed at terrorising people.

The president of the CSWO, Agnes Kharshiing, claimed that the video clip is old and is being circulated by a few police officers like T.C. Chacko and inspector-general of police G.H.P. Raju. According to Kharshiing, the two officers do nothing but tap calls of the public. She said the police found the video during a raid.

“This seizure should have been brought to the notice of the authorities and should also have been listed. This seems to be a diversion tactic, as there is a demand for action against police officer T. Chacko on charges of killing and shooting in cold blood a 60-year-old labourer, Washington Marak, and the government has been given 20 days’ time. Now even the credibility of the video is to be verified and the police should have tried to find out who the person shot was or if the video was a fake,” Kharshiing said in a release.

She added, “If this was real, then since this video is more than a year old, the police should have tried to find out who the victim was.”

Kharshiing was very vocal in her statement saying it was high time that public knew that the real terrorists are posing in uniforms and even shaming their own force.

This is a conspiracy of a few policemen like T.C. Chacko who are for militancy so they can loot Garo hills, she alleged.

The CSWO demanded that such policemen should be booked for extortion.

“Each truck in coal belt areas is paying thousands and the illegal check gates are allowed freely. Many mines are also owned by these cops, unofficially,” Kharshiing claimed. Her statement also said when there is a move for peace by some NGOs and individuals from Garo hills, Chacko and West Garo Hills superintendent of police Mukesh Singh have hired killers for politicians.

She also stated that G.H.P. Raju feeds wrong information to the public, while looting the people of the state. Kharshiing said calling in the army is not a solution for Garo hills.

“The solution is to arrest T. Chacko and Mukesh Singh, and ministers and high-ranking officials involved in rampant corruption, leading to human rights abuse of the common man,” she alleged.