TURA, Dec 22: The wife of the victim of an alleged police assault in Songsak in East Garo Hills (EGH) has filed a writ petition (WP) in the Meghalaya High Court seeking justice for her husband as well as action against the people behind the murder. The bereaved family members have also sought compensation for the death of the sole bread earner in the family.
Lictsitha D Shira, the wife of a teacher Hillary Momin filed the WP on Friday and is being represented by advocate PT Sangma.
Momin was a teacher at St Joseph’s School at Chidimit Nengsat was arrested by police of the Dagal AD camp under Songsak PS on Aug 3 this year. He was allegedly assaulted by policemen in custody. Momin, who was released the next day died from the injuries he suffered in the assault a few days later on Aug 11. The death had caused widespread furore in the area with a demand for the immediate arrest of those responsible for the death of the teacher.
An FIR was filed into the incident on the same day as the death of the teacher which later led to the transfer of the inspector in charge of the Dagal AD camp and an inquiry into the matter. However with literally no progress being made into the investigation of the case, the family decided to approach the HC leading to the WP.
The family had earlier approached the DC and SP of EGH on the matter but did not receive anything positive.
After the admission of the case yesterday, lawyer PT Sangma who is representing the family, stated that the WP has been admitted by the Chief Justice who at the motion stage has directed the police to file a show cause as well as provide the report of the police investigation so far in the next hearing.