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Custodial death in Tura

SHILLONG: The magisterial inquiry report into the custodial death of Blasan Marak (20) was submitted to the State Government more than three months after the probe was ordered.

It was on May 20 that Balsan, who was arrested by police in connection with the torture of 12 young girls in Tura, died while he was in judicial custody after being brought from the Tura district jail to the Civil Hospital for medical treatment.

Subsequently a magisterial inquiry was ordered into the incident.

Earlier, two probe reports, one by magistrate SC Sadhu and another by the Meghalaya State Commission of Women, after examining the assault case of 12 girls in Tura, had pointed out the involvement of women activists from Tura.

The West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi submitted the report on custodial death to the state Government last week.

He, however, refused to divulge the content of the report of the magistrate DD Shira.

There was delay in completing the report since the Director FSL, Shillong failed to provide toxicology (blood analysis) and viscera reports related to the death of Marak in time.

It was after the Deputy Commissioner sent three reminder letters that the FSL reports were submitted.

However, the report of the administrative inquiry headed by PW Ingty on the same matter is yet to be submitted to the Government.

The magisterial inquiry report will also be submitted to the High Court of Meghalaya it had directed the West Garo Hills district administration to place it along with the report on cause of death. This was following a case was filed in the Court by Mina S Marak, the mother of the victim.

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