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CBI probe into ‘nexus’ sought

Shillong, June 23: An Independent legislator today asked Union home minister Rajnath Singh to initiate a CBI probe to unravel the alleged politician-militant nexus in Meghalaya.

Independent legislator Saleng A. Sangma, who represents Gambegre constituency under West Garo Hills, and a victim of alleged militant attacks in the past, has written to Singh to apprise him of the law and order situation in Garo hills.

“The law and order situation, arising out of the growing militancy problem, has affected the daily lives of the citizens residing in the five districts of Garo hills. I feel that your kind and immediate intervention is the need of the hour to ensure peace and normalcy. These activities have largely affected the socio-economic activities in the region,” Sangma said.

He also alleged that the functioning of the Congress government in Meghalaya has “totally collapsed” and the entire government machinery has “miserably failed” in maintaining law and order and protecting the citizens and their interest.

Further, he said the militancy problem has “crossed all limits” that the public, including government officials, bank employees, prominent personalities, traders and “myself” have been victims of this onslaught.

Sangma brought to Singh’s notice of an incident in 2012 where suspected militants had hurled a grenade into his residence in Tura, and the planting of RDX along a route, which he was travelling.

Stating that there are around a dozen militant groups operating in Garo hills, he also pointed out the rampant killings, abductions and atrocities on women, which are allegedly taking place.

While seeking Singh’s intervention to resolve these issues, Sangma sought a CBI probe to unravel the truth into the alleged politico-militant nexus in Meghalaya.

In the recent Assembly session, the Opposition legislators had demanded the imposition of President’s rule in Meghalaya in view of the alleged fragile law and order situation in the state’s western region.

Recently, the Centre had sent additional paramilitary forces to Meghalaya following the brutal killing of a 35-year-old woman in South Garo Hills by alleged Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants.

Apart from the GNLA, the other outfits operating in the western region include the breakaway group of the A’chik National Volunteers’ Council (ANVC), United A’chik Liberation Army (UALA), A’chik Songna An’pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK), A’chik National United Front (ANUF), A’chik National Liberation Army (ANLA), A’chik Tiger Force (ATF), and A’chik National Central Liberation Army (ANLCA).