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.
“There is no development and no facilities compared to other parts of the State. Nor are they successful in setting up any gates or collect taxes from these areas. This is solely because the land belonged to the Garos. Therefore, not allowing us to have camp in our birth places and the land that belonged to the Garos will violate our rights and deepen the wounds of negligence that we bore through decades,” Shira stated.
He also urged KHNAM, HSPDP, KSU to consider the genuinely of their demand.
“We want peace and we would appreciate if things do not get communal. Opposing our proposal will aggravate the situation in Khasi Hills. It is our right to demand a camp in our land. We will not stop in our march for peace and development in our land for our people,” he asserted.