The inquiry commission probing the death of former Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) militant Cherish S Thangkhiew in an alleged encounter with police will be visiting his residence on Saturday, Meghalaya Human Rights Commission Justice (Retired) T Vaiphei, who is heading it, said on Friday.
“The purpose of visiting the site of occurrence is to familiarise ourselves with the building where the incident exactly took place,” Vaiphei said on the first day of a two-day sitting.
The judicial inquiry commission head said that it could examine only one witness on Friday since without visiting the place of occurrence the other witnesses cannot be examined.
“We will go to the place of occurrence tomorrow for site inspection and after that we will examine some more police witnesses, on behalf of the state government,” Vaiphei said.
He also informed that the Superintendent of Police of East Jaintia Hils district, Jagpal Singh Dhanoa, who had led the police team to the residence of Thangkhiew in the wee hours of August 13, was examined on Friday.
He also informed that three more witnesses from the police side remain to be examined.
Vaiphei said that if the victim’s side wants to produce witnesses the commission will examine them, too.
He also said that on Friday, the proceeding was held in camera.
It may be mentioned that the police wanted the proceedings of the inquiry to be in camera.
The advocate of the victim as well as the commission officials and counsel for the commission were allowed.
Vaiphei also said that there is no delay as such and the commission will try to seek extension.
“If they grant we will continue otherwise we will wind up the inquiry,” he added.