State Human Rights Commission calls for inquiry into highhandedness slur on SP

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SHILLONG, Feb 13: Taking cognizance of complaints filed by an excise employee and a musician, the Meghalaya Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has ordered the state’s Director General of Police to conduct an enquiry into allegations of high-handedness and violation of human rights by police officers including a Superintendent of Police (SP).

This order had come about during a hearing conducted on the issue which was held here on Wednesday.

Manovon Massar, a musician from Shillong, has lodged a complaint against SP (Traffic) Bashan J Laloo wherein he had accused the latter of assault and violation of human rights on December 19, last year.

A complaint was also filed by Mancheng D Marak, an employee of the Excise department against Babul Roy and five other police officers of West Garo Hills District for misuse of power, threat to life, unlawful detention and false fabrication of evidence.

The Commission said it has taken cognizance of the two cases after having carefully perused the facts as narrated in the complaint petitions.

In his order, MHRC member PJP Hannaman has directed to issue notice to the state Director General of Police (DGP) R Chandranathan to cause an enquiry into the allegations made by the complainants by an officer not below the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police.

He also directed that the detailed reports of the enquiry into the two cases are submitted within 30 days. The next date of hearing for both the cases has been fixed on March 18.