Meghalaya : HNLC threat unwarranted says CM Conrad Sangma

Khasi Hills based HNLC militants in their hideout. Image credit , NE Now

Shillong (Meghalaya),May 21: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today said the threat by the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) is unwarranted.

“We have been clear from day one that all residents of this state are citizens of Meghalaya and it is the duty of the government to ensure that all lives are protected. So therefore any kind of threat like this that has been given is not something that is warranted,” Conrad told journalists on the sideline of a programme at U Soso Tham Auditorium here .

The Chief Minister assured that the citizens will be protected and said, “Whatever appropriate actions and measure that has to be taken the government will take and see.”

The HNLC had recently issued threats that it indiscriminately shoot non – tribals if police do not stop ‘harassing’ family members and sympathizers of the outfit.

Meanwhile, the HNLC has stated that the government was not sincere in calling them to the negotiation table stating that surrender and peace talks have become a “political joke.”

“We have not seen any sincerity from the government and that makes us apprehensive. We do not subscribe to the word surrender. Now our aim is to do or die. We have taken the matter of influx seriously and we support all the NGOs who are leading the movement against influx,” HNLC general secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw in an emailed statement said.

Stating that they are fed up with assurances and lost faith in the former Congress as well as the present governments, Nongtraw said, “If the government is really serious then it should appoint an interlocutor and show its seriousness.”

Appealing Home Minister James K Sangma to consult stake holders, pressure groups and church elders along with his cabinet ministers on why should they not get an opportunity to come to the peace negotiations like the ANVC (Achik National Volunteer Council) Nongtraw said, “The ball is in the government’s court whether it wants to give us a chance to enter the mainstream or to continue the bloodshed.”

By special arrangement with Highland Post

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