Meghalaya home minister resigns amid violence over police shooting of former militant.

On Sunday, the Meghalaya Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui resigned amid turmoil in Shillong over the police shooting of a former militant.

Rymbui also advised Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma to institute a judicial inquiry into the shooting of Cheristerfield Thangkhiew who was the self-styled general secretary of the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council who had surrendered.

In his letter to the Chief Minister, he stated “I hereby express shock to the incident where Chesterfield Thangkhiew was killed following the raid of police at his residence exceeding the lawful principles of the law.”

He further added “I would like to request you to relieve the Home Department from me with immediate effect. This will facilitate free and fair inquiry taken by the government to bring out the truth of the incident. I propose judicial inquiry be conducted.”

A source close to the chief minister said the government accepted the resignation as the home minister was uninformed of the incident. The Meghalaya government has imposed a curfew in Shillong and banned mobile internet services in four districts as destruction and arson swirled the state capital and nearby areas on Independence Day.

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