The Assam government has ordered the setting up of a judicial inquiry headed by a retired High Court judge to probe into the firing incident at Mukroh village, West Jaintia Hills in which five civilians from Meghalaya and one forest guard from Assam were killed.
The judicial inquiry will ascertain the facts, circumstances and the exact reasons of the incident.
Further, the Assam government has transferred West Karbi Anglong Superintendent of Police Imdad Ali following the incident.
Officer in Charge of Jrikyndeng Police Station Kajal Nath and Forest Protection Officer (Kheroni Forest Range) Shikari Enghi have been suspended from service.
All personnel of the police force and forest force involved in the incident will be closed to their respective reserves.
The Assam government has also decided to hand over the investigation of the entire incident to a Central or neutral investigation agency.
It also decided to provide Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the six deceased persons who died in the firing incident.
It may be mentioned that the villagers who died at the firing have been identified as Thal Shadap (45), Nikasi Dhar (65), Sik Talang (55), Tal Nartiang (40) and Chirup Sumer (40). The dead Assam forest guard has been identified as Bidya Singh Lehte.