Shillong, Sept. 15: The breakaway faction of A’chik National Volunteers’ Council (ANVC-B) took on the Meghalaya government today for “sidelining” it and not providing any assistance to its cadres despite its participation in peace talks.
In an open letter to chief minister Mukul Sangma, ANVC(B) general secretary Jakrik Wareng A. Sangma, said, “In spite of taking part in the peace process at your invitation, our organisation is sidelined by the state government. There is no support or assistance (to our outfit), as is being provided to the ANVC.”
Jakrik said though Meghalaya police had been continuously “hunting” for ANVC(B) cadres, the outfit had persistently co-operated with the government. He said they had even invited home minister Roshan Warjri to visit the cadres when she was in Tura but she did not respond.
He said the outfit’s leaders and cadres had “refrained from all unlawful activities” with the hope that the government would come up with some package to rehabilitate them.
“Is it that the government does not acknowledge us officially or are we being cheated in the name of some peace agreement?” he asked the chief minister. “Why are you turning a blind eye to us and encouraging other organisations? Why is the government always trying to accuse us? Is there a political conspiracy?”
Stating that there was something “fishy” about the entire situation in Garo hills, Jakrik said the situation was “bound to worsen” in the coming months if the government “continues to mess with potential threats to society as every youth trained to revolt and pull a trigger is not normal anymore”.
“This is not a threat but a fact, as we know the potential danger that is lurking around us. In our state, resources for survival are limited and things could really go wrong if we do not jointly find a remedy to this volatile situation,” he said.
“The situation in the state is very fragile and a wrong move will only shatter the hopes of many. Therefore, we appeal to you to instruct the department concerned to visit our camps and do the needful instead of making wrong highlights in the media,” Jakrik said.
ANVC(B) had participated in tripartite talks on January 5 in which a draft text for settlement of the issues raised by the ANVC was decided. While the state government has cleared the draft text, the Centre is yet to give its nod.