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In former HNLC leader’s death case, Meghalaya DGP applies for leave citing ‘personal reasons’

File photo of DGP R Chandranathan (left) (Image: Twitter/@MeghalayaPolice)

File photo of DGP R Chandranathan (left) (Image: Twitter/@MeghalayaPolice)

The development comes in the backdrop of demands for immediate suspension of the DGP and two SPs in connection with the alleged murder on August 13.

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  • Last Update:September 08, 2021 09:02 AM IST
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Meghalaya Director General of Police R Chandranathan, who is facing criticism for the alleged murder of former HNLC leader Cheristerfield Thangkhuy on August 13, has applied for leave citing “personal reasons”. The state government is keeping silent on the leave application at a time when the law and order situation in the state capital remains the same.

State Home Minister Lakhmen Rimbui said he would investigate the leave application after receiving it. He also refused to specify for how many days the DGP would take leave.

The development comes in the backdrop of demands for immediate suspension of the DGP and two SPs in connection with the alleged murder on August 13.

On the support recently sought from 35 MLAs of Khasi and Jaintia Hills region by ‘Sur Ki Nong Mawlai’, a group of 11 organizations of Mavalai, the Home Minister said, “The position at hand is that the government has set up a A judicial inquiry to investigate the circumstances that led to the incident in the early morning hours, so it depends on the judicial inquiry. It is too early for me to say anything. It is an independent body which will look into all aspects.

He also refused to answer whether he had signed the letter given by the leaders of ‘Sur Ki Nong Mawlai’.

“See the government wants to be clear on this issue so within two days the government had started a judicial inquiry. So the process is on and we have to wait for the result and if the government goes beyond the law then the government will not spare anyone. At the moment, I cannot comment further than this because as you know the judicial inquiry has been initiated and the matter ends there.

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