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Garoland demand gathers momentum

Shillong, March 5: The Garo Hills State Movement Committee will meet at Selsella next month to intensify its demand for a separate state of Garoland by resorting to democratic means.

The committee, which met recently, resolved to organise a public rally at Selsella in West Garo Hills and appealed to militant outfits to join the mainstream.

“We humbly approach the people of the Garo hills in general and the youth in particular to support the movement instead of forming new militant outfits. We have constitutional provisions to raise our grievances in a democratic way and carrying of arms and ammunition is not required,” committee general secretary Augustine R. Marak said in a statement.

The committee also appealed to rebel groups like the GNLA, ANVC (B), UALA, LAEF, ASAK, ATF, Matchadu Matchabet, ANLCA, ANCA and other groups to return to the mainstream.