SHILLONG, July 31: Lauding the arrest of the GNLA chief, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) however Tuesday called on the state government to find out ways and means - a solution to address the â€œroot-causeâ€ of the problem of insurgency in the state and Garo Hills region in particular.
â€œThe government should address the root cause of the problem as to why several outfits have cropped up in the Garo Hills region in a very short span of timeâ€, Opposition Leader (NCP) Conrad K Sangma said while congratulating the government and the state police on their achievement.
He added, â€œThey should not be complacent that the GNLA chairman is under police custody but to look for solutions to the myriads of problems that exist in the Garo Hills,â€
Conrad however said the police should not derive any self-gratification out of the arrest of the GNLA chief as his arrest is insignificant if the outfit is not â€œneutralizedâ€.
Stating that the issues of backwardness, the increasing number of educated unemployed youths, illiteracy and all sorts of social problems exist at the grassroots level, the opposition leader said, â€œThe government should create a long time solution, an environment of opportunities that enable youths to get out their frustrationsâ€.
â€œIf such environment is created, the youth would not be easily influenced in joining any militant outfits or to fall prey to criminal forces that spoil their future careerâ€, he added.
Champion Sangma, the police officer-turned-rogue, was arrested by the state police along the International Indo-Bangladesh border Monday, hours after he was pushed by Bangladesh security forces.
He had co-founded the GNLA along with Sohan D Shira, the C-in-C of the outfit which is active in three Western Garo Hills districts in Meghalaya.