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SHILLONG | Feb 13, 2019:

The Meghalaya Human Rights Commission on Tuesday issued notice to the Director General of Police (DGP) to conduct an enquiry into the allegations of assault, misuse of power and police high-handedness against a police officer and five other police personnel of West Garo Hills.

In an order passed on Feb 12, the MHRC has asked the DGP to submit the detailed report within 30 days from the date receipt of the notice.

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The complainant, Mancheng D Marak made allegations of assault and battery, intimidation by misue of power, verbal abuse, threat to life, violation of basic human right to live, unlawful detention and confinement, false fabrication of evidence against Babul Roy and five other police officers of WGH.

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Marak alleged that on the night of December 7, 2018 at around 11.30 pm, while he was sitting alone in an auto rickshaw inside his housing compound and making a phone call, suddenly, Babul Roy and five other police personnel flashed a high intensity torch light on his face questioning his identity and barged inside his compound and assaulted him with blows and batons, saying that “how could he dare question their identity and does he not know that he is a police officer, show me some respect.”

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It was further alleged that when Marak explained to them that he is an employee of the Excise Department, the police officer assaulted him even more without giving a reason or explanation. Another person, who was on the other line of the phone, is a witness to the sounds of all the “unwarranted use of force and abusive language hurled at him by the police officer on duty.”

“The police, in a bid to cover up their excesses, thereafter falsely accused him of being a bootlegger. When he repeatedly asked them to conduct search of his house, they refused to listen to him and were only interested in displaying their intimidating use of force and creating a fear psychosis scenario”

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After assaulting him mercilessly, they allegedly took him to the police station and forcefully made him to sign a false fabricated seizure list threatening him with dire consequences if he refused to do so.

“Thereafter, they took him to Tura Civil Hospital where the doctor in the emergency room took him to be criminal and overlooked his injuries. Instead of providing medical leave to him, they were only interested in doing their routine paper work overlooking his injuries and not providing any medical advice or first aid.”

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The complainant was compelled to seek medical aid later from Holy Cross Hospital, Tura where he got himself treated for his injuries and for hypertension.

The complainant also filed an FIR to the officer in charge of Tura police station against the “delinquent” police personnel where he alleged that no action has yet been initiated against them.

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Having carefully perused the facts as narrated in the complaint petition alleging assault, violation of human rights and police high handedness, the State Commission has taken cognizance of this case and asked the State DGP to conduct an enquiry into the matter.

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