Central Govt is our last hope for peace: HNLC

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Mar 01: The proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) is now solely depending on the Central Government for any peace talks even as it has blamed the State Government of resorting to attempts to scuttle these talks, something that, according to the Council, the state government has become adept at.
“The government of Meghalaya is an expert in sabotaging peace talks and breaking them apart. It is evident in the occurrence of political activities,” HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

The outfit was referring to the alleged mishandling of the peace settlement and non issuance of rehabilitation package to the disbanded ANVC (B) cadres which according to it is a gross violation of peace processes by the present government.
“This portrays that peace talks are just eyewash to bring cadres over ground and then eliminate them after using them for political gains,” Nongtraw said while pointing out to the allegations earlier made by ANVC.B political secretary regarding a nexus between the CM and the leaders of the parent ANVC.
Accusing the Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma of breaking his commitments, he said, “Though Meghalaya consists of Khasis-Jaintias and Garos, but the way Dr Mukul is pushing developments into his own constituency signifies that he doesn’t represent the Garo people but only himself,” adding “He (CM) has been the most selfish leader of all times.”
He further alleged, “The CM is an architect of state political conspiracies. He is an expert in sabotage and manipulative policies,” adding “The HNLC leadership has lost all its faith on the CM and the GOM. The only hope left with us is the Government of India.”
Referring to the recent statement of the Border Security Force (BSF) revealing that the HNLC had more camps than GNLA and ULFA in Bangladesh, the outfit leader however said a ‘proactive’ police department time and again claims that the outfit does not exist anymore.
“We do not want to engage ourselves in illegal activities. We realize that we had our merits and demerits in our path to achieve our aims and objectives,” he added.
With regards to the GNLA chairman Champion R Sangma, who secured bail recently after serving four years in jail, Nongtraw however alleged that the state machinery manipulated his freedom and made complications instead.
“We are afraid that the police department may come up with strategies to either eliminate Sohan D Shira or Champion. The same thing may happen to the leaders of ANVC and its breakaway fractions,” he said while claiming that the recent encounter of Norok Momin was also stage managed.
He also opined that his own fate besides that of Bobby Marwein will probably be writtenalong the same lines.
Meanwhile, the HNLC also stated that the government of Meghalaya by its sheer will of sabotaging peace talks shall invite more bloodshed in the Khasi Jaintia and Garo hills.
“When peace is not welcomed then violence remains the ultimate solution,” Nongtraw said.


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