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Meghalaya govt calls on militants to lay down arms

NYOOOZ 2017-11-18 00:00:00

Summary: "The GOC-in-C assured the chief minister of continued and enhanced civil-military interaction and cooperation in future," a defence release said. SHILLONG: The state government has given a call to banned militant outfits to surrender arms and join the mainstream by taking advantage of rehabilitation programmes. "There will be some intervention and support to police," Sangma said.On Thursday, lieutenant general Abhay Krishna, general officer commanding-in-chief of Eastern Command, had called on the chief minister at his office and discussed a number of issues including internal security and disaster management. "Saying though negotiations with militant outfits need to get clearance from the central government first, the CM pointed out that many members of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) have come on board with the government's rehabilitation process. Chief minister Mukul Sangma said on Friday his government has come up with a strategy to create a conducive atmosphere for militants to withdraw from unlawful activities and avail government programmes, which include training, rehabilitation and negotiation.Speaking to mediapersons after chairing a meeting of the state security commission here, Sangma said, "In view of our past experiences, we ask militants to practice peace, withdraw from banned organizations and assimilate with the national mainstream.


SHILLONG: The state government has given a call to banned militant outfits to surrender arms and join the mainstream by taking advantage of rehabilitation programmes. Chief minister Mukul Sangma said on Friday his government has come up with a strategy to create a conducive atmosphere for militants to withdraw from unlawful activities and avail government programmes, which include training, rehabilitation and negotiation.Speaking to mediapersons after chairing a meeting of the state security commission here, Sangma said, "In view of our past experiences, we ask militants to practice peace, withdraw from banned organizations and assimilate with the national mainstream."Saying though negotiations with militant outfits need to get clearance from the central government first, the CM pointed out that many members of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) have come on board with the government's rehabilitation process. The Centre has made it clear that there can be no talks with outfits unless they give up arms, said the CM.While some groups in the state, like the Achik National Volunteer Council, have entered into talks with the government, some outfits like the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council are yet to come forward.Speaking on the overall law and order situation in Garo Hills, Sangma asserted that the government will strengthen the police force to deal with the challenges of militancy and terrorism , As Reported By TOI.

According to the Newspaper,"There will be some intervention and support to police," Sangma said.On Thursday, lieutenant general Abhay Krishna, general officer commanding-in-chief of Eastern Command, had called on the chief minister at his office and discussed a number of issues including internal security and disaster management. "The GOC-in-C assured the chief minister of continued and enhanced civil-military interaction and cooperation in future," a defence release said.. .