Balsan Marak case: Disciplinary proceedings against former SP Mukesh Singh

Shillong, Nov 3: Disciplinary proceedings against former Tura SP Mukesh Singh for his involvement in the custodial death of Balsan Marak was held on Monday.

The mother of late Balsan Marak and his friend Chegan N. Sangma, who had also been detained by police along with the deceased, came to Shillong to attend the hearings.

Singh is currently the Dy. Inspector General, BSF in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

Two years ago, the Meghalaya High Court had directed the Director General of Police to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the former Tura SP and other police persons after the court found that 20-year-old Balsan Marak died of internal injuries after being assaulted and tortured in police custody.

Balsan was detained by Tura police on May 12, 2014 and he died, while in custody, eight days later.

The deceased was detained along with four others for their alleged role in the torture of 12 young women.

The High Court in its judgement in 2018 stated that Singh had a ‘major role to play’ in the custodial death.

The court added that while there is no proof that the former SP himself assaulted the victim, he was in charge of the situation and that he failed to produce the deceased to the magistrate within 24 hours of his detainment.

The judgement was in response to a petition filed by the deceased’s mother Meena S Marak against the State of Meghalaya, who had sought a CBI enquiry into the death and compensation of Rs 21 Lac.

The court had ordered the state government to compensate Rs 15 Lac to the family of the victim.