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NEIPF asks Assam govt to make public judicial inquiry and central agency findings

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Shillong, Nov 29: The North East Indigenous People’s Forum (NEIPF) on Tuesday demanded the Assam government to make public the findings of the judicial inquiry and the probe report by any central investigation agency into the November 22 Mukroh firing incident.

The demand was made in a petition submitted to the Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma by the NEIPF chief convener Anup Chetia, its Meghalaya Chapter convener Wellbirth Rani and Meghalaya Chapter secretary Sadon K Blah.

“We request the government of Assam to make public the findings of the judicial inquiry and also the investigation report of any central investigation agency,” the petition said.

Six persons which include five Khasi villagers and one Assam forest official were killed in a firing by Assam police and forest guards at Mukroh village in West Jaintia Hills District on November 22, 2022. The names of the deceased are Thal Shadap, Nikhasi Dhar, Sik Talang, Tal Nartiang, Chirup Sumer and Assam forest guard Bidyasing Lekhte.

Welcoming the steps taken by the Assam government in instituting the judicial inquiry and the intention to hand over the investigation to an independent central agency, the NEIPF leaders said, “but the fact remains that this man slaughter by the arm personnel of Assam government against the innocent villagers is a recurring act which need to be condemn and stern action need to be taken so that innocent life are not becoming victim of border issues among the two states.”

“As NEIPF which stood for solidarity of all the indigenous people of the region we will not accept any divisive politics and victimization of our brethren from whatever tribes they might belong.”

“Hence we put this petition before you that as government of the indigenous tribe of North East India to stand united for the security of life and livelihood of the indigenous people of the region,” they further maintained.

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