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Jaintia Hills NGOs stage protest march

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SHILLONG, Nov 30 - Organisations from Jaintia Hills district today staged a protest march here asking the Government to make public the inquiry related to the Mookhep firing incident last year.

Last year on September 24, two persons - Derestmon Siangshai and Setlang Phawa - died after the police allegedly opened fire on a protesting crowd. The crowd had gathered following the National Green Tribunal banned coal mining and its transportation.

The protest march was spearheaded by Jaintia National Council and Hynniewtrep Achik National Movement. The protesters, who marched from Malki to Additional Secretariat, shouted slogans against the Meghalaya Government while demanding justice for the victims.

The Government had last year constituted a magisterial inquiry into the incident headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner, SS Syiemlieh. However, since Syiemlieh sought more time for completion of the report, the Government constituted a fresh magisterial inquiry in March this year.

The new inquiry committee was headed by Commissioner and Secretary, DP Wahlang who has submitted the report. But, the State Government is yet to make the report public, despite demands from the public.

�If the report is not made public before December 10, we would decide on our future course of action,� protest leaders said.

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Jaintia Hills NGOs stage protest march

SHILLONG, Nov 30 - Organisations from Jaintia Hills district today staged a protest march here asking the Government to make public the inquiry related to the Mookhep firing incident last year.

Last year on September 24, two persons - Derestmon Siangshai and Setlang Phawa - died after the police allegedly opened fire on a protesting crowd. The crowd had gathered following the National Green Tribunal banned coal mining and its transportation.

The protest march was spearheaded by Jaintia National Council and Hynniewtrep Achik National Movement. The protesters, who marched from Malki to Additional Secretariat, shouted slogans against the Meghalaya Government while demanding justice for the victims.

The Government had last year constituted a magisterial inquiry into the incident headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner, SS Syiemlieh. However, since Syiemlieh sought more time for completion of the report, the Government constituted a fresh magisterial inquiry in March this year.

The new inquiry committee was headed by Commissioner and Secretary, DP Wahlang who has submitted the report. But, the State Government is yet to make the report public, despite demands from the public.

�If the report is not made public before December 10, we would decide on our future course of action,� protest leaders said.

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