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Donkupar comment irks rebels

Tura, June 10: Meghalaya’s leader of the opposition, Donkupar Roy has drawn flak for his comment on Garo militancy from the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA).

Savio Marak of the outfit today said, “Donkupar Roy is provoking the Garos”. Roy had made the remark in the Assembly on Friday.

The outfit has reiterated that chief minister Mukul Sangma is not a Garo, as his mother is a non-tribal. “Sangma’s authenticity of being a Garo is still not confirmed by the court”, said Marak.

“GNLA condemns Donkupar Roy’s observation and asks the people to know and believe that Mukul Sangma is not a Garo”, the statement said.

Recalling the incident of September 30, 2005, where nine people lost their lives in the twin firing incidents at Tura and Williamnagar, the outfit said, “Mukul has been a silent observer and has instigated the community. The deteriorating condition of law and order in Meghalaya, especially in the Garo Hills, is not because the leaders, the police and the militants are all Garos. The fact is completely opposite to the claims made by Donkupar Roy”.

The outfit blamed chief minister Mukul Sangma for the prevailing chaos in Garo hills.

The outfit also asked politicians to study the ground situation in Garo hills before making any comment.

“GNLA is a responsible organisation and the motive has always been ‘Garoland’ within the ambit of the Indian Constitution, as put by our respected chairman, Champion R. Sangma in the past,” the statement added.