The head of the Commission of Inquiry and former Chief Justice of the High Court, T Waifei, said in the report that the police operation had failed in its objective. However, the commission did not make any recommendations against the policemen for their involvement in the killing of former extremist leader Cheristerfield Thangkhiw.
In the report, he said, “I think the campaign was well planned, but it was executed poorly. This campaign was carried out with carelessness, haste and without using any brains.
Cheristerfield Thangkhiw, 54, once known as a fierce extremist leader, was the founding general secretary of the Hyniewtrep National Liberation Council.
He surrendered in the year 2018. Meghalaya Police had raided his house in Mawlai area in August last year after his “direct involvement” in the investigation of IED attacks in the state was revealed. Police say Thangkhiw was killed in retaliatory firing.
Terming the operation a failure, the Meghalaya Human Rights Commission chairman said it failed in its objective of capturing the deceased alive.
He said that this could have given the police valuable information about the subversive activities of the illegal terrorist organization. Waifei said police did not use night vision-friendly equipment during the operation and an ambulance was not available during this time.