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ANVC-B firm over camp site

Shillong, May 11: The breakaway faction of the A’chik National Volunteers’ Council (ANVC-B) today iterated its demand for a designated camp in Khasi hills for its cadres, stating that there would be “no solution” if the camp was not established.

The latest reiteration has come at a time when the search for two designated camps — one in North Garo Hills and the other along the border of West Khasi Hills-South West Khasi Hills — is on. However, political parties like the KHNAM and HSPDP along with pressure groups have opposed the move to establish the designated camp in the Khasi hills.

“ANVC (B) will not step back in our demand for a camp in the Khasi hills. No camp in Khasi hills will mean no solution. ANVC (B) is firm in its demand to have a camp in Khasi hills. Opposing groups are making the situation vulnerable and non-conducive, for which, we should not be held responsible. If they were sincerely objecting to our demands, we would like see them come to our areas and make their demands,” ANVC (B) publicity secretary Doang Shira said.

Stating that the outfit “means peace”, Shira reminded those in the Khasi hills that the ANVC (B) was only demanding their “rights”.

“We lived here as an organisation for more than a decade but never harmed other communities. Therefore, making the camps official will not harm the brotherhood of our societies, but denial will harm the goodwill of the people we represent,” he warned.