Mukul demands probe into surrender of HNLC leader

SHILLONG, Oct 28: Opposition leader, Dr Mukul Sangma has said that there should be a probe into the recent surrender of the general secretary of the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), Cheristerfield Thangkhiew.

“The government and the investigating authorities should find out and we (Opposition) will press for that,” Dr Sangma said.

The opposition leader also asked who (which agency) has authorised to talk to the HNLC even as he stated that it has to be found out whether it was a politician who has been talking to them all these years and they become a facilitator.

According to Dr Sangma the law is very clear and nobody has the luxury of having that freedom to talk to any member of the banned outfit and then say they don’t have any nexus (with militants).

The opposition leader also made it clear that it is the political department that deals with issues of militancy and not by Home (Police) department.

“There is a system which is followed so that nobody can misused it otherwise you cannot rule out a politician from taking advantage of his own position. Earlier there has been a debate on politico-criminal nexus,” the Congress leader said.

Meanwhile, he also said that it has to be found out whether state deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong was talking regularly with the former HNLC leader (Thangkhiew) and that after the formation of the government they brought him and made to surrender.

“Whether he was in talk with this guy (HNLC general secretary) the whole year. Maybe they have used him during the last election. We should find out,” Dr Sangma said.

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