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Talks on with HNLC says Union Minister of State Home Affairs

Shillong, Aug 19: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra on Friday said talks are on with the banned Khasi rebel outfit, Hynñiewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC).

“Now talks are going on (with the HNLC) and once it’s over we will let you know (about the decision),” Mishra told reporters.

He recalled that there was a time when some foreign entities encouraged militancy and there were many people from within the country who also never wanted the nation to develop.

The minister however said in the last eight years since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah took over the leadership in the country, attempts were made to resolve such issues related to militancy and insurgencies through dialogues.

“(Therefore), in several places, we are able to control militancy. In fact in the entire nation there were places where the situation was not normal. Despite all these, now peace has been restored,” Mishra said.

Asked about the attack on security personnel at Tripura, the minister said, “Such organisations don’t want peace in the country. The way the development is taking place and people are instating faith in the leadership of PM Narendra Modi and his government, such organisations have developed desperation and despair as they will continue to do such actions to spoil the environment of development.” He said that the commitment of the government is to legally take steps against such violent organisations and proper action will be taken as per the law.

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