SP refutes fake encounter slur

Admin to probe Tura firing

SHILLONG: The Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills will conduct an inquiry into the recent incident at the outskirts of Tura in which four ANVC-B cadres were killed during an encounter with police.

West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi on Monday said, “There is a standard practice of conducting a magisterial inquiry after any encounter as per the guidelines of the National Human Rights Commission.”

“We are only waiting for the formal directive from NHRC to begin the inquiry,” Bakshi said.

It may be mentioned that the ANVC-B has been accusing the police of indulging in fake encounter by killing four of its cadres.

Just hours after a crude bomb attack next to a petrol pump in the heart of Tura allegedly orchestrated by suspected ANVC-B militants, police commandos shot dead four militants of the group in a major gun battle that took place between Dobasipara and Darenggre village on the outskirts of Tura town late Saturday night.

The ANVC-B has denied its involvement in the Tura bomb blast and another nascent group known as the A’chik Tiger Force has claimed responsibility for the same.

Meanwhile, the ANVC-B has appealed the district administration to hand over the bodies to their respected families.

SP refutes allegation: Meanwhile, the Tura SP MK Singh has denied the allegation of fake encounter against the ANVC-B cadres at Darenagal in West Garo Hills on Saturday night.

In a statement issued to the media on Monday , Singh said that police got information that some ANVC-B cadres were moving around with sophisticated weapons after the incident of bomb blast at Hawakhana.

“In course of inquiry police team were fired upon by restless and aggressive members of ANVC-B and the police had to retaliate in self defence which unfortunately resulted in the death of four ANVC-B cadres,” Singh said.

According to the SP, the frustration of ANVC(B) cadres was visible when the police team went for an inquiry at the Edenbari camp and the police men were fired upon by the cadres

The SP said that the weapons and explosives recovered from the camp clearly indicate that the intention of ANVC (B) was to create unrest.

“The recovery of incriminating documents from the place of occurrence shows that ANVC-B has established nexus with UALA”, Singh added.

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