Human Rights Commission seeks report within 15 days taking suo motu cognizance of Chesterfield’s death

Shillong, Aug 16: The Meghalaya Human Rights Commission (MHRC), Shillong has taken suo motu cognizance pertaining to the death of Chesterfield Thangkhiew last Friday.

Citing the news items published on the media, MHRC claimed that the news report inter alia highlights that Chesterfield Thangkhiew (56), former self-styled general secretary of the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) was killed in retaliatory firing by the Meghalaya police at his residence in Mawlai Kynton Massar in the wee hours of August 13.

The instant case appears to have resulted in gross Human Rights violation which according to Article 21 of the constitution mandates for the protection of life and personal liberty for every person within the territory of India.

The commission has directed the chief secretary, the Government of Meghalaya to submit a detailed report into the incident within 15 days of receipt of the notice for further necessary orders.

The commission further mentioned that if the detailed report of the incident is not found satisfactory, then MHRC will direct and conduct its own investigation into the matter.

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