TURA, Dec 23 - The wife of the victim of an alleged police assault in Songsak in East Garo Hills (EGH) has filed a writ petition (WP) in Meghalaya High Court seeking justice for her husband as well as action against the people behind the murder. The family has also sought compensation for the death of the sole bread earner.
Lictsitha D Shira, the wife of the teacher Hillary Momin, filed the WP on December 21.
The victim, Momin, a teacher at St Joseph’s School at Chidimit Nengsat, was arrested by police on August 3 this year. He was allegedly assaulted by the policemen in custody. Momin, who was released the next day, died on August 11 from the injuries he suffered in the assault. The incident had caused widespread furore in the area with a demand for the immediate arrest of those responsible for the death of the teacher.
An FIR was filed into the incident on the day the teacher died. The inspector in charge of the Dagal AD police camp was transferred and an inquiry was ordered into the matter. However, with literally no progress in the investigation of the case, the family decided to approach the HC.
The family had earlier approached the DC and SP of East Garo Hills on the matter but did not receive any positive response.
After the admission of the case yesterday, lawyer PT Sangma, who is representing the family, stated that the WP has been admitted by the Chief Justice, who has also directed the police to provide the report of the police investigation so far in the next hearing on the case.