SHILLONG, March 28: Garo Hills based militants Friday withdrew their proposed 12- hr bandh in the entire state following the release of its surrendered cadre.
United A’chik Liberation Army (UALA) Chairman Chiindik Marak, on behalf of other four militant groups - LAEF, ASAK, ANCA and ANLCA, informed that they have withdrawn their proposed Meghalaya shut – down as surrendered ANLCA cadre Charles D. Shira was released on Thursday.
SHILLONG/TURA, March 28: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has received the recommendation from the Government of Meghalaya to appoint interlocutor to initiate dialogue with the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA). Also, the outfit on its part has lifted the temporary ban it had imposed on Congress from campaigning in Garo Hills for the April 9 Lok Sabha election in state.
Ministry of Home Affair (MHA) Director in-charge of North East JPN Singh, Friday informed that the MHA received Meghalaya Government’s recommendation letter on Thursday evening, but due to the many layers that the process goes through, the letter could have been delayed before reaching the concerned officer.
SHILLONG, March 27: In a bid to address the challenges related to unemployment and influx, the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Thursday took a tough stand by deciding not to issue fresh trading licenses besides licenses on those trades which indigenous people are capable of taking up would also be cancelled.
Addressing pressmen on Thursday, KHADC Executive Member (EM) in-charge of trade Latiplang Kharkongor, who is also a KHNAM MDC from Nongthymmai informed that the Council has decided to stop issuing of fresh trading licenses to non-tribals to protect local interests in trade and labour.
TURA, March 27: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Thursday highlighted the “secular” and the pro-tribal ideology of the Congress to strike an emotional chord with the people of South Garo Hills.
Addressing a rally at Rongara in South Garo Hills (SGH) to drum up support for Daryl William Ch Momin, the Congress candidate from Tura Parliamentary seat, Dr Sangma said, “The indigenous communities do not enjoy their rights in Tripura and Assam, but in Meghalaya the Congress has ensured the rights of the Garos.”
Outfit seeks clarification on status of list of mediators
SHILLONG, March 27: Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has barred the Congress from canvassing for its candidate in the Garo Hills region until Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma clarifies on the status of list of mediators sent by the outfit to the state government for initiating dialogue with the outfit.
The outfit has given three – days ultimatum to the Chief Minister to clarify on the issue after conflicting reports surfaced on the list of mediators. According to the outfit, while Dr Sangma has stated that his government had already recommended the names of 3 mediators and sent for approval to the Centre to start the process of peace talks, Union Home Ministry Secretary (in-charge North East) Sambhu Singh however denied having any knowledge about it and said that it had not come to his level.
NPP Supremo bats for Garoland, asks outfits to shun violence
TURA, March 27: The National People’s Party (NPP) election bandwagon moved to the East Garo Hills (EGH) region with former Lok Sabha Speaker and Tura candidate Purno Agitok Sangma asserting the need for creation of a Garoland state carved out of Meghalaya but without the use of guns and bloodshed.
He stressed the importance of dialogue and the democratic process for the voice of the people to be heard if Garoland was to become a reality. He stressed, "The voice of the people is more powerful than a grenade or AKs. I seek your vote for Garoland. Your fight for creation of Garoland by guerrilla movement is not correct. Be a voice for the A'chik and eschew violence. I will lead the fight and ensure that Garoland is created". He asked all militant groups to come forward to raise their voice through other means other than violence.
Tokyo clarifies his stand, says he is not connected with ASAK
TURA, March 26: Independent legislator from Rongara – Siju Constituency in South Garo Hills Rophul S Marak’s name has reached the hit list of the dreaded Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA).
This was revealed by Mingran T Sangma on Tuesday at Tura while interacting with journalists. Mingran has been indicted by GNLA to be one of the main persons behind the formation of militant outfit ASAK (A’chik Songna An’chakgipa Kotok).
Mingran listed number of people, which includes the whole ASAK team, as well as MLA Rophul S Marak who are now the targets of GNLA.
According to him, the GNLA is set to wipe out ASAK and any of its supporters for breaking up from the group itself. He alleged the recent killing of Servison R Sangma in Williamnagar, which the GNLA team had said was accidental, was not accidental at all. He alleged the killing had been thought off and planned accordingly.