By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, March 24, 2018:
Meghalaya police officer turned militant, Champion Sangma, who was released on bail yesterday following a Supreme Court’s order, has expressed his willingness to cooperate with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in probing the killing of GNLA’s commander in chief Sohan D Shira, if the need be.
“Let there be NIA inquiry. The agency can prove the nature of the killing and people are demanding the probe. If there is any inquiry, let them do their own part and if necessary, I can cooperate with NIA and government also”, Champion told reporters here on Saturday.
Champion was arrested from a place near Indo-Bangladesh border under Pynursla on July 30, 2012 and the trial of the case is still in progress in the city court. He was set free on Friday, two days after the Supreme Court issued an order in his favour, directing the his immediately release while coming down on the prosecution for resorting to procedure outside the scope of law.
Expressing happiness now that he is free, the GNLA chairman said “I am very much happy after getting order from the supreme court. I really appreciate the court’s order.”
“I have no regrets. Everything is manageable, I can manage myself and can face any situation. I have a vision for the future that cannot be disclosed at the moment. As of now, I want to take rest and stay with my family, my wife and kids and other family members. I will think later about my future course of action; I will discuss with my family, my brother and my lawyer,” Sangma added.
Reacting to media reports that there may be still two or three GNLA cadres, Champion called upon the cadres to surrender. “Let them follow me, if there is problem, they can contact and they can call me. I can lead them to the mainstream for a better life,” he said.
When asked to comment on the government’s stand of ‘no negotiations with militants’, Champion said “This is government issue, I cannot say anything. Government have the right to take decision on that matter.. I cannot say anything against their decision.”