Police directed to take action in 2017 firing case

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SHILLONG, March 05: Police have been directed to take action according to the recommendations made by the Judicial Inquiry Commission probing into the March 6, 2017-police firing at three villagers in Resubelpara, North Garo Hills (NGH) district.

The Commission headed by former Judge of Gauhati High Court B Agarwal has suggested a slew of measures to prevent such incidents in the future including compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh to be paid to Milseng Sangma who was injured in the shooting. The two other who received minor injuries in the incident comprising Tubal Sangma and Janrak Sangma will get Rs 1 lakh each.

Retired Justice Agarwal also recommended automation of check gates because it was found that most of the police check gates were being operated manually.

The Commission also stated that the police department should adopt modern technologies, high resolution search lights, and using spike strips instead of firing gunshots to deflate the tyres of the vehicles.

It further stressed the need for sensitization programmes on human rights for the police force besides skill development training programme to improve their efficiency.

This directive was issued by the State Cabinet which met here on Tuesday. After this meeting, Home Minister James K Sangma said based on the recommendations, the state government has proposed to take necessary action which includes payment of ex-gratia to the victims.

“The police department is also asked to initiate action on the recommendations of the commission,” James said.

He also said that it was agreed to improve school syllabus on human rights on which the education department is of the view that human rights must be part of the syllabus and the curriculum framework will be notified soon.

The Meghalaya Human Rights Commission will also be requested to hold awareness camp in the state regularly.