| M. Kharkrang |
Shillong, Aug. 19: Police today downplayed the return of the Hynneiwtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) saying the outfit no longer enjoyed the people’s support.
The new East Khasi Hills superintendent of police, M. Kharkrang, told reporters here today that despite the HNLC’s attempts to stage a comeback, it would not be easy since there was hardly any support from the people and without popular support, it could not resurface and become active. The people of Shillong had experienced bad times during the spurt in the outfit’s activities in the past.
Kharkrang said the people were now reporting any extortion bid by militants, adding that when fake HNLC members had tried to extort people in the past, they had approached the police to check the trend.
On its 25th Raising Day on August 14, the HNLC hoisted its flag early in the morning and fired three rounds in the air. They also planted a live grenade at Phot Ja-ud, 12km from Mawkyrwat, the headquarters of the newly formed South West Khasi Hills district. The bomb squad later defused it.
In July, the outfit attacked a police station in Shillong and a police patrol party in Jaintia hills. However, there were no untoward incidents during the strike called by the outfit on August 15.
According to Kharkrang, hoisting a flag in the extreme corner of the state indicates that the militants found it difficult to concentrate on their activities in Shillong.
“We will go all out to neutralise the militant outfit and with the help of the people, we would be able to achieve this,” he said.