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ANVC-B slams state

Shillong, Dec. 27: The ANVC (B) today alleged that the Meghalaya government was “protecting” the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) and warned that without a “solution”, things in the Garo hills would only get worse.

“As far as the GNLA is concerned, the state government is protecting them and providing shelter with a unique corporate set-up to finance them. There is an understanding between the state government and the GNLA which has turned the state police against ANVC (B). Therefore, any Tom, Dick and Harry arrested is being framed as ANVC (B),” the outfit’s chairman Rimpu N. Marak claimed in a statement today.

He said that police were provoking and picking up civilians and framing them as ANVC (B) cadres thus disturbing the festive season.

“The ANVC (B) assured peace to the people and will make sure that there is peace. The arrested people are not ANVC (B) members. They are just mere civilians. The police must stop such wrong approach to portray the Garo area as a disturbed area. This is becoming communal,” Marak said.

On reports that the police are hunting him, Marak said: “We know about the hunt and we are unmoved by it. We will hop through every hurdle to make sure that there is a permanent solution and our people get what they deserved. I know how desperate the political leaders are to hunt me down before the elections but without solution things will only get worse.”

Marak said his group would not give up the “fight” to bring a permanent solution to the Garo hills.

“Warnings have been issued and next time there will be hits as we have been preparing for this for the last one year. Solution is what we crave and we will make sure that we get it by the end of the day,” Marak asserted.

He said if “provoked” by the police, his cadres “will have to retaliate”, but assured people that the group will “avoid” much bloodshed.