Congress demands independent probe into former militant’s killing

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Shillong, Aug 14: The Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has demanded an independent inquiry into the killing of former HNLC general secretary, Cheristerfield Thangkhiew to restore faith in the justice system.

The MPCC also said that it condemns the “act of brutality” against a person who has shown courage and shun the path of violence.

“He was also instrumental in facilitating a process of peace and reconciliation with other members who are yet to join the mainstream,” MPCC working president James S. Lyngdoh said.

According to Lyngdoh, the MPCC has always encouraged youths who chose violence to shun the path of bloodshed and to have peaceful talks with the Government.

The working president said that over the past few years, the efforts of the MPCC and the previous Congress Governments have been successful in encouraging hundreds of youths to join the path of peace.

“The unwarranted act of shooting an unarmed person in the wee hours of the night conveys a message of betrayal, injustice and abject failure of the State Government in handling sensitive matters of law and order. Peace cannot prevail with the sound of guns,” Lyngdoh said.

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