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Not ready for probe into nexus: Warjri

Shillong, June 30: Meghalaya home minister Roshan Warjri today said a stronger case has to be built before any inquiry into the alleged politician-militant nexus.

There has been a growing demand for a probe to establish the alleged links between politicians and militant groups especially in the insurgency-ravaged Garo hills.

“We need to establish and have concrete grounds before going into it. The allegations about politician-militant nexus are vague at present,” Warjri told reporters here.

The first woman home minister of Meghalaya, however, admitted that her government did discuss this serious issue (politicians-militants nexus).

“The government, as a whole, has been discussing this issue and is concerned about such allegations,” she said.

The Opposition, including the United Democratic Party (UDP) and National People’s Party (NPP), has been raising the issue of politico-militant nexus both outside and inside the Assembly and demanded that such allegations should be probed by an independent agency like the CBI or NIA.

NPP leader Purno A. Sangma, who is the Lok Sabha MP from Tura, had also taken up the issue in the Lok Sabha recently. Many other legislators have also demanded an independent probe.

The home minister said the state expected a positive response from the Centre on sending more additional paramilitary forces to the state for counter-insurgency operations.

She also said more efforts would be required to bring peace to Garo hills.

On the state’s opinion not to hold talks with terrorist groups, including the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), Warjri said, “I would prefer talks but let them also stop all unlawful activities.”