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ANVC lashes out at the govt

Shillong, Dec. 17: The breakaway faction of the A’chik National Volunteers’ Council (ANVC) today asked Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma to “remember what we did for him instead of making us targets”.

In a statement issued by the ANVC (B) publicity secretary, Doang Shira, the outfit also lambasted Meghalaya police for targeting the group’s cadres.

“Police hunt for us is evident from the recent arrest of our cadre Tengseng T. Sangma from Gasuapara. Police are picking up ANVC (B) cadres whenever and wherever possible at the slightest pretext and putting them behind bars,” Shira said.

He said this was a “desperate attempt” by the state government to “wipe out” the ANVC (B) before the elections so that the outfit is silenced and the “Congress gets the majority”.

South Garo Hills police arrested Tengseng from Gasuapara, about 395km from here, yesterday morning. Police claimed ANVC (B) demand notes were recovered from the cadre.

Shira countered the police report by claiming that the arrested cadre was visiting his family for Christmas, and did not have any demand note with him at the time of his arrest. “The police claim is false as we do not have demand notes and those visiting families never carry any documents,” Shira said.

At the same time, Shira said the chief minister had “cheated our organisation”.

“The ANVC (B) stresses that the settlement should be speeded up or the government must prepare for a walkout. He (Mukul Sangma) must remember what we did for him instead of making us targets,” Shira said. He refused to elaborate on what the outfit had done for the chief minister. Shira said the government, police and the ANVC should stop “pushing us” as it will only “make things worse in the Garo hills”.