Attack on Agnes
Shillong: The proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) on Sunday alleged that the police had instigated the public to assault women rights and RTI activist Agnes Kharshiing.
“…because she was trying to monitor the case of illegal mining. Everyone in the state knows that right from the coal suppliers, police, politicians, bureaucrats everyone is involved in illegal coal mining,” Saiñkupar Nongtraw, general secretary cum publicity secretary, HNLC, said in an e-mailed statement.
The HNLC said that had it been legal, the state would have earned revenue in millions thereby uplifting the economy of the state as well as its people.
“It is time for the state machineries to take a decision in this matter and once and for all lifting of the ban on coal mining,” the proscribed Khasi outfit said.
Meanwhile, the HNLC also said that it was concerned over the demands of the 13 pressure groups who are of the view to set up entry exit points to regulate the entry of illegal immigrants into the state.
According to the HNLC it has been several years but the government is yet to take up any major steps. “We the hope that the present government under the leadership of Conrad Sangma shall be able to fulfil the demands of the pressure groups, but there is no sign of any progress. If entry exit points are not done at the earliest then our State shall also become another Tripura, full of illegal immigrants who would change the demography of the State,” the proscribed Khasi outfit said.
Asking the Chief Minister to be farsighted and take concrete steps to protect the state’s land and the identity of its people, the HNLC said, “If things go on this way then very soon we shall witness illegal immigrants everywhere in the state -- in the Assembly, Secretariat, business. It’s time our politicians woke up from slumber before our State gets a new name Bangalaya,” the HNLC said.