TURA, Jan 20: The identity of the civilian victim of the cross fire that took place in the remote village of Rongrigittim in the South Garo Hills was established on Friday with villagers placing the victim as Kerok R Marak (23). Kerok was a resident of the same village where he was ‘accidentally killed’.
The incident that occurred on Thursday at about 2:30 pm has now brought two different versions to the killing with the police maintaining that the killing was accidental and that it had occurred during the cross fire with GNLA militants and the villagers allegedly calling the killing a case of fake encounter.
SHILLONG, Jan 20: The argument of the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) that it should be excluded from the case pertaining to the traditional headmen was rejected by the Supreme Court of India on Friday which was not convinced that a JHADC’s Act passed in 2015 should grant it exclusion from the case.
The interlocutory application No 2 of 2016 filed by the JHADC in main case of SLP (C) NO 3656 OF 2016 was rejected by the Supreme Court during a hearing held on the matter in New Delhi on Friday.
The JHADC had claimed that as it has already framed a new Act for appointment of dollois and headmen in 2015, its name should be deleted from the cause item and that it should be excluded from the case.
It may be noted, the JHAD (Establishment of Elaka and Village and Election, Appointment, Powers, Function and Jurisdiction of Dolloi/Sirdar and Waheh Shnong) Act 2015 was passed by the JHADC to empower traditional heads.
The JHADC was represented by its counsel HS Thangkhiew senior advocate while the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) acting on behalf of the headmen in Khasi Hills and the Dollois of Jaintia Hills who are part of the case was represented by Amit Kumar (Advocate on Records) Supreme Court of India.
In a statement issued here, the Dorbar Ki Daloi Ka Ri Jaintia (DKDRJ) chairman C Lyngdoh said, “The Apex Court has refused to entertain the plea of the JHADC to exclude it from the purview of the headmen case. The Supreme Court did not accept the reliance of JHADC on its 2015 Act. The Court did not pass any order in favour of JHADC but instead admitted the main case of headmen and Dollois,” he said.
He also informed that the JHADC has failed to convince the Court about how the 2015 Act would completely cover all aspects of the powers and functions of headmen and hence, the Court did not give recognition to the 2015 Act.
“The fate of the powers and functions of Dollois and headmen in Jaintia Hills now purely lies at the outcome of the decision to be passed by the Supreme Court at the time of final disposal of the headmen case,” Lyngdoh said.
He informed that copies of the Act will be served to the Union of India for its opinion and consideration as it is also a party to the main case.
SHILLONG, Jan 20: The Government of Assam is yet to communicate dates for the inter - state boundary talks with Meghalaya as was informed by the Chief Secretary, KS Kropha on Friday.
“We have been requesting to have meetings but they (Assam) have not given us the dates so far,” Chief Secretary KS Kropha said.
SHILLONG, Jan 20: To celebrate the 45th Statehood Day on January 21, 2017, the Government of Meghalaya will organize a series of programmes across the State.
At the State Capital, Deputy Chief Minister, Prof. R. C. Laloo will grace the State function as Chief Guest at a programme to be held at U Soso Tham Auditorium, Shillong at 11:00 am.
SHILLONG, Jan 20: With Meghalaya emerging as one of the highest mobile data users, Vodafone has launched its 4G services to cater to the needs of the people of the State.
“Meghalaya is one of the highest consumers of internet data in the North East,” said Vodafone Business Head North East Circle, Alok Verma during the launch of Vodafone 4G in the city on Friday.