Khasi outfit HNLC refuses to surrender
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Last Updated: Monday, December 07, 2009, 18:15
Shillong: Khasi militant outfit Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council has rejected Meghalaya Chief Minister D D Lapang's offer of an honourable surrender.

Alleging that the government was "not sincere in solving the political problem," HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said in an e-mail last night, "the chief minister’s statement was only to frighten us and dampen the patriotic spirit."

Nongtraw said the HNLC would also not entertain the safe passage offer by the state government.

"If the political problems cannot be resolved through dialogue, the government should not expect that by eliminating leaders, the fight would end," the email said.

The HNLC which is closely linked to the NSCN-IM and the Tripura-based NLFT, has never reciprocated peace overtures from the government and been demanding declaration of Meghalaya as a province exclusively for the Khasi tribe free from 'outsiders'.

It's 'chairman' Julius Dorphang surrendered to the government in 2007, but its self-styled General Secretary Cheristerfield Thangkhiew and 'C-in-C' Bobby Marwein are still at large and believed to be in Bangladesh.


First Published: Monday, December 07, 2009, 18:15

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