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2 death certificates deepen death mystery

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SHILLONG, Jan 31 � The mystery surrounding the death of a Meghalaya police officer has only deepened with two death certificates surfacing with two different versions on the time of his death.

PJ Marbaniang was found shot on his head in his official quarter on January 24 at Patharkhmah and was taken to a hospital in the area and was subsequently rushed to GNRC hospital in Guwahati. According to the death certificate of GNRC, the officer died at 3.12 am on January 25.

However, a separate death certificate from a hospital in Nongpoh, Ri-Bhoi district states that the official died at 8.50 pm on January 24.

The Meghalaya police have claimed that Marbaniang committed suicide as �nobody was seen running away� after gunshot was heard from his quarter � an argument the family members are not willing to buy.

The family members say Marbaniang spoke to his wife at about 8 pm on January 24 and he was normal and instead spoke about some pressure exerted on him as he had detained 32 coal-laden trucks in Patharkhamah, which were plying illegally.

They say that the official was a diligent and strong-willed person and he could not have taken his life himself and with the discrepancies in the death certificates and the quick suicide theory of the police, has only made the family members� suspicion stronger and they now want an independent inquiry to unearth the truth.

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2 death certificates deepen death mystery

SHILLONG, Jan 31 � The mystery surrounding the death of a Meghalaya police officer has only deepened with two death certificates surfacing with two different versions on the time of his death.

PJ Marbaniang was found shot on his head in his official quarter on January 24 at Patharkhmah and was taken to a hospital in the area and was subsequently rushed to GNRC hospital in Guwahati. According to the death certificate of GNRC, the officer died at 3.12 am on January 25.

However, a separate death certificate from a hospital in Nongpoh, Ri-Bhoi district states that the official died at 8.50 pm on January 24.

The Meghalaya police have claimed that Marbaniang committed suicide as �nobody was seen running away� after gunshot was heard from his quarter � an argument the family members are not willing to buy.

The family members say Marbaniang spoke to his wife at about 8 pm on January 24 and he was normal and instead spoke about some pressure exerted on him as he had detained 32 coal-laden trucks in Patharkhamah, which were plying illegally.

They say that the official was a diligent and strong-willed person and he could not have taken his life himself and with the discrepancies in the death certificates and the quick suicide theory of the police, has only made the family members� suspicion stronger and they now want an independent inquiry to unearth the truth.