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HNLC ‘invites’ govt staff

Shillong, Aug. 26: The Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) today sent an open invitation to government employees to join the outfit as “part-time workers” while throwing the ball back at the Mukul Sangma government to “give peace a chance”.

Welcoming Sromwell Mawdoh, a former headmaster of Laishnong Secondary School at Mawlangsu under Mawthadraishan block in West Khasi Hills into its fold, the militant outfit said government employees are “also free to join” its ranks.

“The HNLC welcomes Sromwell Mawdoh into its fold for his willingness to join hands, thereby sacrificing his job and his family. The police department hunted him, but instead of surrendering, he decided to leave his job and support the council. The HNLC openly invites government employees who want to join the council as part-time workers (without resigning from their jobs),” HNLC “publicity secretary” Sainkupar Nongtraw said in a statement.

Mawdoh had yesterday disclosed his decision to join the outfit to the media through an email. He claimed to be impressed by the council’s ideology and work.

Reiterating that the HNLC had expressed its willingness to come forward for peace, Nongtraw said it was now up to chief minister Mukul Sangma to give peace a chance.

“We also hope that the Meghalaya government will communicate the same to the Centre and enable us to work towards achieving a common purpose (peace),” he added.

The HNLC being a proscribed outfit, the state government has to take the Centre into confidence if peace talks are to be held with the militant group.