SHILLONG, May 09: The release of NGOs members arrested during the Inner Line Permit (ILP) agitations depends on the Court following the State government’s decision to revoke the Meghalaya Prevention Detention Act (MPDA).
The state government revoked the MPDA under which the arrested members of the NGOs were booked to facilitate the NGOs demand; however, the NGOs will have to move the Court for their release, a senior official from the home department informed on Friday.
Shillong, May 09: ANVC(B) Friday said if the government finds it difficult to find suitable land for its camps in Khasi Hills, than it will suggest land for the proposed camps which can be approved by the Government.
“The proposed land will in no way belong to the Khasis. There are lakhs of Garos living in Khasi Hills who own Akhings under the name of Garo Clans and are governed by the system of Garo Nokmaship,” ANVC(B) Publicity Secretary, Doang Shira, said in a statement here adding that KHADC has never accessed these areas.
Agartala/Aizawl, May 09 (IANS): The Bru tribals who have take refuge in Tripura are reluctant to return to their homes in Mizoram. They accuse the Mizoram government of not ensuring their security and livelihood, an official said Friday.
A Triupra district administration official said refugee leaders told the Supreme Court Special Commissioner Harsh Mander that if the Mizoram government ensures their security and livelihood, they have no problem in returning to their villages.
SHILLONG, May 08: Opposition political parties Thursday constituted a ‘Fact Finding Team (FFT)’ to thoroughly probe the power crisis in Meghalaya with special emphasis on MeECL and prepare a report on it. The report would be made public once it is completed, though a specific timeframe has not been set. The team will be headed by UDP working president Jemino Mawthoh as Chairman.
The decision was taken at the all political parties meeting held on Thursday at Shillong Club comprising leaders from five political parties – United Democratic Party (UDP), Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM), National People’s Party (NPP) and the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).
SHILLONG, May 09: A Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) militant managed to give police a slip while his associate was arrested during an operation on Friday night in Pyndengsohsaw area in South West Khasi hills district.
During the operation, the police team came across two HNLC militants travelling on a motorcycle who were planning to go down to Bangladesh, a senior police official said. He said, on seeing the police party at a place called Ladbakli, the duo immediately jumped off from the bike.
As a result, the militant identified as Wansing Mylliem Umlong from Pyndengsohsaw managed to escape taking advantage of the thick jungle nearby, but his colleague identified as Moh was arrested. Police have also seized the bike.
Shillong, May 08: Parliamentary Secretary in-charge of Information and Public relation and Rongara - Siju legislator Rophul S Marak is once again under the active radar of militants in Garo Hills, but this time him family has been targeted. One of his family members has been served with a demand of Rs 20 lakh by the A’chik Songna An’pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK).
The demand note has been served to a petrol pump at Rongkandi ‘M/S Rongkandi Petrol Fram’, owned by one of his family member (name withheld on request).
Shillong, May 08: The first day of HNLC sponsored bandh in Khasi – Jaintia hills passed off peacefully with government offices (both state and central) registering normal attendance and financial institutions functioning normally.
Security forces were keeping strict vigil throughout the day with patrolling and checking of vehicles being conducted at various junctures.
Though the market at Iewduh and Police Bazaar started slow, taking caution in case of any untoward incident, but by noon trade and commerce had picked up to normal.