Meghalaya Guv: Open for dialogue with HNLC

Shillong, Mar 13: Addressing the assembly at the start of the budget session on Friday, Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy said that the government is open for dialogue with the outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC).

“The government reiterates its stand that doors are open for dialogue provided they give up their unlawful activities,” Roy said, adding that the militant outfit has also expressed its desire to come over ground for talks.

However, the governor stated that militancy in the state is already under control and that the HNLC has very few cadres based in Bangladesh and that their activities are, “confined to issuing press releases and posting in social media.”

He also added that the government has been rehabilitating the surrenderees and disbanded militant cadres under revised scheme for surrender-cum-rehabilitation of militants in the North East.

Meghalaya shares a 444 km long border with Bangladesh out of which Roy informed that fencing has been erected for 329.160 km along the State’s Indo-Bangla border.

“The government is committed to completing the remaining fencing on the international border with Bangladesh at a fast pace to effectively contain the influx of Bangladeshi nationals, trans-border movement and activities of militants besides anti-social elements,” he said.

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