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 Extra judicial killings in Meghalaya

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Iboyaima Laithangbam
There is no gainsaying the fact that insurgents and criminals are making their presence felt at Gao Hills in Meghalaya. However all sections are not in agreement with the law court which directed the union government to enforce the AFSPA there to stem the tide. The silver lining is that ahead of the enforcement of the AFPSA these cold blooded murders were committed which means that the perpetrators should not be immune from prosecution. The draconian law gives blanket exculpation.
In March two bird hunters were gunned down. Two hand guns were planted in the dead bodies once it became known that they were innocent farmers who could never be implicated. But other hunters spilled the beans and an inquiry is underway.
This year one teacher and one vendor were returning home after a day’s work were intercepted and shot dead. As they were well known faces the army readily admitted that it was a case of mistaken identity. Two versions were at variance. The system is that the army is allowed to operate at the 20 km belt along the border with Assam. But the local police have to be informed about operations and some personnel taken as guides. In both cases these mandatory arrangements were flouted. Though the army tried to evade the blow saying that (1) the victims who had no registration number but a faulty head light were found to be without offence weapons (2) they were allowed to proceed (3) but there were back fires and other personnel mistook it as sounds of gun fires and as a result they had opened fire. These were fluke shots since the victims were hit and not the personnel who were standing or taking positions nearby. But these versions do not tally with the ones they had reportedly given to the police shortly after the incident.
Activists and elected members are angry and all sections of people under the tutelage of the church leaders are taking out a peace march on December 8 to make an appeal to the insurgents to join the national mainstream for peace, progress and normality. It has become increasingly clear that there will be lots of bloodsheds and the insurgents shall not respond to the peace march.

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