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HNLC: Summons By NIA 'uncalled for' Amid Peace Process In Meghalaya

Since the government and the group have already begun a peace process, the HNLC has referred to the NIA summons as "uncalled for."

HNLC: Summons By NIA uncalled for Amid Peace Process In Meghalaya

Sentinel Digital Desk

SHILLONG: The national investigation agency (NIA) summoned the leaders of the organisation, and the outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) in Meghalaya has expressed its unhappiness.

Since the government and the group have already begun a peace process, the HNLC has referred to the NIA summons as "uncalled for."

Following summons sent to the group's leaders by an NIA special judge, the HNLC in Meghalaya reacted.

According to a statement from HNCL general secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw, "this is a blatant sign that the relevant authorities have disregarded the entire procedure of the ongoing peace talks."

Notably, the HNLC had requested the Meghalayan authorities drop all charges against the group in order to maintain a safe environment for peace negotiations.

Conrad Sangma, the chief minister of (Meghalaya), and Lahkmen Rymbui, the minister of the interior, had declared that the NIA charge sheet will not interfere with the peace negotiations, according to the HNLC.

"The summons are a matter of worry, since how can new cases be made against the leaders at a time when peace discussions are ongoing" It continued.

"We've met with representatives of the MHA and the state government several times. The government had previously assured us of complete calm, coordination, and cooperation, so today's summons in the local newspapers was unnecessary, the HNLC continued.

As per the reports, Conrad Sangma, the chief minister of Meghalaya, stated earlier this year that the "complex process" of peace talks with the outlawed HNLC is proceeding as planned.

The HNLC team was made up of Manbhalang Jyrwa, the vice chairman, Aristerwell Thongni, the political secretary, Phrangkupar Diengdoh, and Aiborlem Marbaniang and Storgy Lyngdoh, two of their PSOs (personal security officers).

Meghalaya's chief minister, Conrad Sangma, previously also said that the state government would work to "speed up" the HNLC negotiations. The chief minister added that the HNLC peace process won't be hampered by the investigations conducted by federal investigative agencies.


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