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‘Missing’ cop appears before Commission


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By Our Reporter

 SHILLONG: The ‘missing’ constable, RA Sangma, who was wanted by the Judicial Inquiry Commission probing the infamous Shillong jailbreak of 2009, surfaced on Tuesday during the Commission’s hearing, much to the shock of the Government counsels.

It was on November 9 that the Government produced the letter of then SP, West Jaintia Hills,O Passi before the Commission which said that the summon for Sub Inspector, Sangma could not be served personally “since he remained untraced from service for the last one year”.

Due to this the summon issued earlier was returned, according to the SP.

The SP had also sent a WT message dated 1-11-2012 to the officer-in-charge, Tura, West Garo Hills asking him to inform Sangma about the summon.

The officer-in-charge of Tura, however, had reported that the copy of the WT message was served to his wife, Jennie M Sangma at Upper Wadanang, Tura, West Garo Hills.

However, revealing that he was very much in service and not absconded ,Sangma told the Commission that he was attached with the office of the SP in West Jaintia Hills district as Reader SI since February this year.

The official also said that he never received any summon from SP, Jowai to appear before the Commission.

Sangma, one of the last witnesses who deposed before the Commission on Tuesday, had conducted the first inquest after the death of the jailbreak mastermind Fullmoon Dhar. Sangma told the Counsel of SCAMoD, Poonam Yadav during a cross-examination that he carried out the inquest at 3. 30 pm on June 1, 2009 and added that the magistrate came at 3.45 pm.

The police official also said that he had handed over the inquest report with a challan to a health department official in Jowai Civil Hospital.

Sangma, further said that he took the body of Dhar for post-mortem on June 2 and added that one bullet was also handed over to him by the doctor who conducted the post mortem and in turn, he handed over the bullet to the then Jaintia Hill SP, MK Singh .

Sangma also said that he did not have any knowledge about any one else conducting a separate inquest.

There were reports that after Sangma conducted the first inquest on June 1, 2009, a second inquest was carried out by Magistrate H Deingdoh who is currently posted at Ranikor in West Khasi Hills.

During the last hearing on November 8, the FSL experts from Guwahati – Manoranjan Talukdar and Madhu Sharma who had examined the bullets and pallets, deposed before the Commission.

After the completion of the examination of witnesses on Tuesday, the Commission will now hear arguments from December 4 to 7.


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