Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul
Sangma on Monday underlined the need to ensure lasting peace in
the militant-hit Garo Hills region.
"The government is moving ahead with caution and what is
best for the people will be decided by the government with the
intention of ensuring lasting peace," Sangma said after a
review meeting of the State Security Commission.
The three Garo Hills district in Meghalaya are currently
the hotbed of militant activities which saw cases of
abduction, killing and extortion.
Sangma told reporters that his government was keen on
finding a long term solution towards ensuring peace in the
region and to prevent mushrooming of militant outfits.
Refusing to elaborate on the steps taken by the
government, he said, "Due to sensitivity of the issue, we are
only looking at whether we have achieved our desired goals...
we are concerned at what is happening there and that necessary
steps are taken by the government in various forms."
Leader of Opposition Conrad K Sangma earlier demanded
that the government initiate peace talks with the militant
outfit Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA).
"Certain suggestions have come. We will examine them and
find out the best way forward. We are engaged in some
important objectives of neutralising (anti social)
organisations, militant outfits," the chief minister said.