SHILLONG, May 08: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Tuesday said that while the dreaded militant outfit GNLA is almost neutralized, the state government is not taking any chances and the state Home Department is on alert.
“Most of the GNLA leaders have been neutralized but still we have to be alert and the Home Department is very alert and not taking any chances,” said Conrad.
Meanwhile, talking to newsmen soon after the cabinet meeting here, Home Minister James Sangma said that the senior cadres of the GNLA are no longer there and those of the lower ranks are in the process of coming overground and surrendering and the process is going on.
Asked about the presence of ULFA(I), known to be a close associate of the GNLA, the Home Minister said that the downfall of GNLA will definitely have an impact on the ULFA as all said and done the GNLA were from the Garo Hills region and it is very difficult for the ULFA to now find any kind of footing in the region.
“Definitely the GNLA all said and done where from Garo Hills and it is very difficult for the ULFA to find any kind of footing in the Garo Hills region,” said James.
Talking about HNLC, the Home Minister said that the stand of the government is very clear on the issue which is ‘no talks until they shun the path of violence’.
He said the government will consider talks with HNLC only if they are willing to lay down their arms.
“They (HNLC) must shun violence and come forward and say that they are laying arms and then we will think about having talks,” he said.
In the past few years, the HNLC had expressed its willingness for talks with the government.