Shillong, Aug. 2: The breakaway faction of the A’chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC) today dared Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma to call the NIA or the CBI for investigating the allegation that the outfit has links with Pakistan’s ISI.
“We are ready for a high-level probe as this is a serious matter and we want it to be thoroughly investigated,” ANVC (B) political secretary Doang D. Shira said in an email.
Yesterday, while speaking to journalists after a cabinet meeting, Sangma had indicated the possibility of the ANVC (B) having links with ISI and other anti-national elements to create a law and order situation in the entire Northeast.
Sangma was reacting to queries on the involvement of the ANVC (B) in the alleged killing of two migrant labourers in West Garo Hills recently.
“We cannot rule out involvement with ISI and other anti-national elements. Therefore, this investigation will be given the kind of seriousness it deserves. I have reasons to believe that there are certain forces plotting this big conspiracy to disrupt the law and order in the entire Northeast,” the chief minister had said.
However, the militant outfit has hit back. “The allegation is very serious with the sole objective to malign us and is a matter of grave concern for our organisation and for the nation’s security. Therefore, he (chief minister) should hand over the case to the Centre (sic) agencies failing which, it would mean Mukul himself is at fault,” Shira said. Shira also argued that the roots of “these elements” are required to be dealt by professionals and not by state agencies as they are bound to choose sides.
He claimed that a closer investigation of ANVC (B) cadres, some of whom were arrested by West Garo Hills police, would reveal they are not the killers.
The West Garo Hills police arrested 24 ANVC (B) cadres on July 26 from the outfit’s supposed camp at Edenbari, about 7km from Tura, the district headquarters, in relation to the killing of two migrant labourers.