Shillong: The magisterial inquiry has begun into the alleged fake encounter in Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district in which one suspected militant was killed and four others arrested on January 26.
East Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi said Sub-Divisional Officer (Resubelpara) Ram Singh visited the encounter site yesterday as part of the inquiry.
"The protesting NGOs have given an interpreter to assist the magistrate, while an official interpreter has also been appointed," Bakshi said.
The proceedings of the magisterial inquiry would be on camera, he said.
A mob fury last Thursday had forced the police to release the four suspected militants arrested after the Wednesday’s encounter in East Garo Hills district in which one suspected Garo National Liberation Army militant was killed and a huge cache of arms and explosives recovered.
After protests by NGOs, the state government had ordered a magisterial inquiry into the encounter.
Meanwhile, speakers at a rally here flayed the `fake` encounter saying that the deceased and the four arrested were innocent villagers and demanded termination of the circle inspector who led the operation.