Shillong, Aug 29: Meghalaya government Friday said it appreciates HNLC’s positive response to its call for coming overground, as such, it asked the outfit to refrain from any action contrary to the law or any illegal activities and desist from further recruitment.
“The State Government has appreciated the positive response of HNLC to the call of the State Government to all militant/insurgent organizations to come overground to avail the rehabilitation package for all the cadres, which would include counseling, handholding, sustainable livelihood, join the mainstream and effectively engage in ushering sustained peace and progress in the State and the region,” Commissioner & Secretary of Political department said in a statement issued on Friday.
TURA, Aug 29: In a major tragedy a speeding night bus en-route to Shillong veered off the road and overturned leading to the death of 4 and leaving another 28 severely injured. The accident happened near the village of Dollonggre, about 45 kms from the town of Tura at about 10 pm on Thursday. A cop and a woman are amongst the casualties with the bus driver too in a critical state.
While 3 of the passengers died on the spot, another succumbed to his injuries upon reaching the Tura Civil Hospital. The impact of the turning over was so immense that the rescue team had to cut the bus in half to bring people out of the mangled mess and ensure the casualties did not increase; the operation lasted the whole night.
Shillong, Aug 29: Meghalaya Director General of Police has directed the State CID to investigate the case of three bodies recovered from near Oragitok on Thursday, with one of bodies belonging to a ANVC(B) cadre.
A senior police official Friday informed that it is strongly suspected that some ANVC(B) cadres may be behind the killing of these three youth as source information indicates that Breakaway faction is in the process of weeding out renegade elements who were opposed to the leadership and style of functioning of the outfit’s Chairman Bernard N Marak alias Rimpu Marak.
SHILLONG, Aug 29: Six persons were Friday arrested for their alleged involvement in the recent killing of a branch manager of the Meghalaya Rural Bank (MRB) in Iooksi village in West Jaintia Hills District.
They have been identified as Teishwamiki Shylla (18) from Iooksi, Ricky Rabon (23) from Mookyndeng village, Singh Rabon (32) from Mookyndeng village, Binison Lapasam (22) from Wapung Skur village and Willson Masar (22) from Bataw and Sakhiat Ymbon (49) from Mukhap village, police said.
5 ANCA militants nabbed along Assam – Meghalaya border
Shillong, Aug 29: A’chik National Cooperative Army (ANCA), the new militant outfit from Garo Hills, is using minors to import weapons as they are not the usual suspects, are not sent to jail and also manage to secure bail easily.
This was revealed by the cadres of the outfit that were nabbed by Meghalaya Police along with Assam police on Thursday from Assam- Meghalaya Border. A total of five militants of ANCA were arrested and brought to Tura police station for interrogation.
Among those arrested is Amar Sangma (20) alias Amar Thapa, the Deputy Commander of ANCA. He is the younger brother of William A Sangma, the self styled chairman of ANCA who is still at large after escaping from the police lock up from Mendipathar Police Station.
SHILLONG, Aug 29: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Friday said the state government is committed to pressurize the Centre on the need to invoke Para 12 (A) (b) of the Sixth Schedule, through a Presidential notification to ensure that central laws related to mining is repealed from the state.
“We will continue to urge the Government of India to invoke Para 12 (A) (b) of the Sixth Schedule through a Presidential notification as it is the only way out,” Dr Sangma said.
According to him, many of the central laws are in conflict with the state’s customary rights.
The Chief Minister was addressing a meeting of all the stakeholders who have been affected by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), which has banned unscientific rat hole coal mining in Meghalaya.
Tura, Aug 28: In a major setback to the vision of peace for the Garo Hills region, the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) Thursday rejected the ‘unconditional’ offer of the government for peace talks. In a press communiqué by senior cadre Savio Ch Marak, the outfit stated that armed struggle for a Garoland state would continue until it is achieved. The outfit further took potshots at Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma accusing him of not being a peace lover.
“Mukul who came to power on the promise of bringing peace and development is currently not popular amongst his colleagues. Now everyone knows that he is not a peace lover but a killer. His colleagues were right in accusing him of ignoring in inviting for peace talk all militant groups that are operating in Garo Hills”, Savio alleged in the statement.