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Shillong, June 18: The breakaway faction of the ANVC today demanded that Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma provide a designated camp for the outfit’s cadres in the Khasi hills.

“Mukul Sangma will have to provide a camp for ANVC (B) cadres in the Khasi hills. He invited us to join the peace pact in December 2012 knowing (that) ANVC (B) represents cadres from the Khasi hills. It is his responsibility to provide us (with a) camp now,” a statement attributed to the breakaway faction stated.

The statement also said in the Khasi hills, there is land (akhing) belonging to those from the Marak and Sangma clans.

“These clans do not oppose the proposal for the camps. If government wants, we can provide ‘no objection certificates’. State government is deliberately delaying and aggravating the situation in the Garo hills,” the statement added.

In the re-assembled budget session of the Assembly last week, Sangma had said the government was yet to decide whether to set up designated camp(s) for the ANVC (B) cadres in West Khasi Hills area.

There was strong opposition against the move to set up camp(s) for the ANVC (B) in the Khasi hills region from various organisations, including political parties.

The chief minister said the deputy commissioner of West Khasi Hills had indicated that no land was available in the district for the purpose of setting up the camp(s).

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