SHILLONG | May 20, 2019:
Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma on Monday stated that the threat issued by the Khasi-based militant outfit — Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) is ‘not something that is warranted for’.
Speaking to the media on the sideline of a programme held at U Soso Tham Auditorium here today, Conrad said “We have been clear from day one that all residents of this state are citizens of Meghalaya and it is the duty of the government to ensure that all lives are protected. So therefore any kind of threat like this that has been given is not something that is warranted”
Furthermore, he assured that whatever appropriate actions which need to be taken, the state government will take it to ensure that the citizens are protected.
It may be mentioned that the HNLC had recently threatened to kill non tribals if the police won’t stop harassing their family members and sympathizers.
Meanwhile, in a statement issued to the media today, the HNLC had refused to accept the government’s proposal of surrendering and said “We do not subscribe to the word surrender”.
“We do not subscribe anymore to peace as the government will never want peace rather than conflicts,” HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said.
The HNLC further stated that if the government is really serious then it should appoint an interlocutor and show its seriousness. “HNLC have decided to have political dialogue with the Government of Meghalaya as well as the GOI as we in the view of acknowledgement that the government will seek a peaceful solution, leaving aside all bitterness.”
It may be mentioned that the Government has made it clear that surrender and shunning the path of violence will pave way for any possible peace dialogues.