SHILLONG, July 31: The Khasi rebel outfit – Hynniewtrep National Liberation Army (HNLC) is using their ‘sympathizers’ for execution of various criminal activities including kidnapping to sustain its poor financial position, police revealed on Thursday.
According to police sources, the HNLC has changed its strategy from taking the trouble to cross over to Meghalaya from Bangladesh to execute their various criminal plans. “The HNLC has adopted a new tactic by luring youth as their sympathizers and using them for different anti-social activities,” East Khasi Hills (EKH) district police chief M Kharkrang told reporters at a press briefing held here in the city on Thursday.
Revealing that the outfit is facing huge financial problems, Kharkrang said, “We can understand that the outfit is in dire need of money and is trying its best to get people to do the job for them in order to sustain the outfit’s exchequer as all their resources have dried up.”
TURA, July 31: The much debated kidnapping of a woman school teacher, Sandai Sangma, who was later abandoned by her captors near Nalbari has been the cause of a huge outcry from the people of the region. Giving details of the episode, the Superintendent of Police (SP) of North Garo Hills (NGH), JFK Marak confirmed that the woman was kidnapped by two militants belonging to the ANLCA.
"She was kidnapped by two men who took her from the place where she usually kept her scooter, near Dokasaram. She was apprehended by the two men, who made her walk through the jungle. She was abducted at 12:30 pm," explained Marak.
SHILLONG, July 30: Two days ahead of the NGT sitting scheduled on August 1, thousands of people affected by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on unscientific rat hole coal mining on Wednesday took out a ‘silent protest march’ across the city demanding immediate withdrawal of the jurisdiction of the NGT from the state of Meghalaya even as they decided to soon knock on the Centre’s door.
SHILLONG, July 30: Meghalaya police on Wednesday were successful in stopping an abduction bid and arrested three alleged over ground workers of the Khasi rebel outfit – Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) before they could abduct the son of a businessman from the city.
Acting on inputs, the city police team immediately took action and arrested the three from a locality in the city, East Khasi Hills (EKH) district, Superintendent of Police (SP) (Shillong city) Vivek Syiem said.
Shillong, July 31 (IANS): Power-starved Meghalaya is preparing "wind energy density maps" to identify regions in the mountainous state where wind energy could be tapped to meet the power requirement, an official said Thursday.
"The MeECL (Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited) is mapping certain areas of the state where wind mills could be set up to harness the energy," John Kharshiing, co-chairman of the Meghalaya State Planning Board, told journalists.
The corporation has so far identified some wind potential areas in West Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills for setting up wind mills.
The MeECL has invited tenders to carry out a wind energy programme in East Jaintia Hills.
The project entails supply, installation and commissioning of a 1 MW wind power project in Umshong village in E
Woman kidnapped by suspected ANLCA
TURA, July 30: In a first within the Garo Hills region as well as for militants of Garo Hills, a woman school teacher was kidnapped by suspected Achik National Liberation Co-operation Army (ANLCA) militants while she was on her way back home from school in Dokasaram.
The village is located about a 120 kms from the town of Tura and falls under the North Garo Hills (NGH) district.
SHILLONG, JUL 30: The Khasi Student’s Union (KSU) on Wednesday has proposed to deploy its members to escort and provide security to the Enforcement Staff of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) in its trading license checking drive even as it demanded arrest of all those involved in the recent attack on the Enforcement Staff and members of the press before it takes matters into its own hands.
This proposal was conveyed to the KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Ardent M Basaiawmoit by a delegation of the KSU led by its president Daniel Khyriem, who met him in his chamber on Wednesday following the recent attack on the Council’s staff.