Shillong (Meghalaya), Nov 1 : The East Jaintia National Council (EJNC) has urged the state government to pardon the crimes of former general secretary of the militant outfit Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council ( HNLC) and retired , Chesterfield Thangkhiew and stated that the very act of the government would pave the way for other militants to come to the mainstream , stated a statement issued by the organisation .
In a statement , president of EJNC, Sambormi Lyngdoh criticised the statement of former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma not to pardon Thangkhiew asserting that the militant’s entry to the mainstream should be welcomed.
The statement went on to add that during Mukul Sangma’s tenure as CM, there was no peace which was evident in the bloodshed in Garo Hills, stripping of powers of the traditional heads, the shooting down of two people in Mookhep and many others.
The self-styled general secretary of the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Chesterfield Thangkhiew surrendered before Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong recently at the Police headquarters, here .
Thangkhiew was once the most wanted militant in the State since the infamous Shillong Jailbreak in 1995 before he regrouped and formed the HNLC.