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Two camps for ANVC-B cadres

- Govt to rehabilitate outfit’s listed members

Shillong, Feb. 9: The Meghlaya government is preparing to set up at least two designated camps for cadres of the breakaway A’chik National Volunteer Council (ANVC-B), a militant outfit based in Garo hills which did not sign any suspension of operations agreement.

The ANVC had held several rounds of peace talks with the Centre’s interlocutor P.C. Haldar and finally reached an understanding where they signed the “agreed text for settlement” on January 5, 2013.

The “agreed text for settlement” is now awaiting the Centre’s approval.

Unlike the ANVC, the ANVC (B), floated and run by its “chairman” Rimpu Marak, who was earlier the spokesman for the ANVC, neither entered into an agreement for suspension of operations nor held peace talks with the state or the Centre. The breakaway group, however, became part of the “agreed text for settlement”, despite procedural flaws.

“The government is in the process of operating designated camps for the ANVC (B) cadres in Garo hills,” an official in the Meghalaya home department said.

Informing that the ANVC (B) had provided a list of around 150 cadres to the government, the official said at least two designated camps would be set up to accommodate the cadres.

He said the ANVC (B) has not been able to name all its cadres, since most of them were hiding in jungles in the West Khasi Hills district bordering the Garo hills region.

The ANVC (B) is also yet to convey to the government the exact number of arms and ammunition possessed by its cadres.

The Meghalaya government said it would be able to rehabilitate the cadres of the ANVC (B) only after the militants stay together in the designated camps approved by the government.

The ANVC (B) had recently submitted a list of 150 cadres along with arms to the government through a letter addressed to Meghalaya additional director-general of police (special branch).

Earlier, the ANVC (B) in its statement said the government has promised to provide a liaison officer and designated camps for its cadres.

The outfit also urged the government to work out formalities at the earliest to rehabilitate its cadres as they were scattered and displaced. “Grounding them will only frustrate them and we do not want anything to happen when everything is moving towards settlement,” the ANVC (B) statement said.


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