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Former CM demands broader probe in Meghalaya

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SHILLONG, Nov 6 � Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Salseng C Marak today said that investigation into the alleged politician-militant nexus in Meghalaya must be broadened, encompassing all 60 members of the Assembly and a �neutral body� must carry forward the probe.

Stating that he has �full confidence on the competence� of the State police that is probing into the alleged nexus of Social Welfare Minister Deborah C Marak with militants, he said that a wider investigation of all 60 members of the Assembly would be best suited for a neutral body like the CBI or NIA.

Marak said that such a probe is necessary as there have been allegations leveled against Chief Minister Mukul Sangma by Achik National Volunteers Council -B that the CM has used the outfit for political mileage.

�I have full confidence in the State police force, but at the same time feel that all 60 members of the State Assembly must be investigated by a neutral body like the CBI or the NIA on the allegations of politician-militant nexus, so that that there is better justice,� Marak said.

The senior Congress leader, who has been fighting for a change of leadership, said, for once the opposition is correct by demanding that the political-militant nexus must be probed by NIA. �I too feel the investigation must be carried out by such agencies,� he added.

Refusing to comment on the current controversy in which the State police have charge-sheeted the Social Welfare Minister, he said that the court should settle the matter.

Marak further said that the case might be raised when the AICC general secretary in-charge NE, V Narayanaswamy visits the State tomorrow. �If some Congress members demand for convening the CLP meeting and raise this issue then certain things would fall into perspective,� he said adding, it is the prerogative of the CM to convene such a meeting.

Meanwhile, DGP Peter Hanaman said that no names were mentioned in the February 16, 2013 FIR filed by Jonathan Marak, but it was the police that zeroed in on Deborah and Tennydard for using militants during the 2013 elections and were subsequently charge-sheeted.

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Former CM demands broader probe in Meghalaya

SHILLONG, Nov 6 � Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Salseng C Marak today said that investigation into the alleged politician-militant nexus in Meghalaya must be broadened, encompassing all 60 members of the Assembly and a �neutral body� must carry forward the probe.

Stating that he has �full confidence on the competence� of the State police that is probing into the alleged nexus of Social Welfare Minister Deborah C Marak with militants, he said that a wider investigation of all 60 members of the Assembly would be best suited for a neutral body like the CBI or NIA.

Marak said that such a probe is necessary as there have been allegations leveled against Chief Minister Mukul Sangma by Achik National Volunteers Council -B that the CM has used the outfit for political mileage.

�I have full confidence in the State police force, but at the same time feel that all 60 members of the State Assembly must be investigated by a neutral body like the CBI or the NIA on the allegations of politician-militant nexus, so that that there is better justice,� Marak said.

The senior Congress leader, who has been fighting for a change of leadership, said, for once the opposition is correct by demanding that the political-militant nexus must be probed by NIA. �I too feel the investigation must be carried out by such agencies,� he added.

Refusing to comment on the current controversy in which the State police have charge-sheeted the Social Welfare Minister, he said that the court should settle the matter.

Marak further said that the case might be raised when the AICC general secretary in-charge NE, V Narayanaswamy visits the State tomorrow. �If some Congress members demand for convening the CLP meeting and raise this issue then certain things would fall into perspective,� he said adding, it is the prerogative of the CM to convene such a meeting.

Meanwhile, DGP Peter Hanaman said that no names were mentioned in the February 16, 2013 FIR filed by Jonathan Marak, but it was the police that zeroed in on Deborah and Tennydard for using militants during the 2013 elections and were subsequently charge-sheeted.

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