Incidents and Statements involving Achik
National Volunteer Council: 2016
Nature of incident
Reacting to the statement made
by Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma in the Assembly recently, the infamous
Garo Mandei of GNLA has challenged what proof he has with regard
to his claims about outfit chief, Sohan D Shira during his rehabilitation
at Mayiong in Shillong. In a statement issued in Tura, Garo
Mandei was all praises for Sohan and instead accused the CM
of working together with the leaders of the ANVC to harass him
and eventually driving him back into the jungles. "He was well
established in different lines of business but the leaders of
the ANVC couldn't accept his success ultimately taking away
his legal sources of income (businesses) and even trying to
eliminate him. Sohan, knowing all this disposed off all the
weapons, ammunition, etc to Late Peter Marak [founder and chairman
of LAEF] with whom he later joined up to strengthen the LAEF.
But Peter Marak was arrested at Jorabat and was brought to Garo
Hills where he died in a fake encounter," he said.
||South West Khasi Hills District
One person, Entli Nongbri of Kulang village and
member of Lumlang Hashah gang, involved in cases of extortion
in South West Khasi Hills District surrendered before the SP South
West Khasi Hills Herbert G Lyngdoh. It may be mentioned that Hashah
was formerly an ANVC cadre which was formally disbanded in 2014.
He also deposited one a 7.65 pistol and four live ammunitions.
The ANVC expressed its displeasure over the alleged
failure of the Meghalaya government in adhering to the agreed
text of settlement signed in September 2014. Former ANVC chairman
Dilash M. Marak and his personal adviser Saileng R. Marak, who
led a delegation to New Delhi, submitted a memorandum to Prime
Minister Narendra Modi through officials of the MHA. "We are aggrieved
and agitated by the negative attitude and the shabby treatment
meted out to our dissolved revolutionary group by the Meghalaya
government," the memorandum said. It said after 10 years of protracted
negotiations, the outfit signed the agreement. "The final and
binding but cunningly worded settlement was signed without an
opportunity given to us to study the text," it alleged. They also
alleged that the agreed text of settlement was unlike that of
the memorandum of settlement signed with the UPDS and Bodo outfits.
"The agreed text for settlement did not even follow the finer
technicalities of a civilised memorandum of settlement," it said.
Marak said even after 19 months of signing the agreement, not
a single step has been taken to honour the "diluted" provision
of the agreed text, including the promised rehabilitation package.
They also submitted a six-page indication on the failures of the
different departments in Meghalaya. "Meghalaya was born with a
silver spoon when it was carved out of Assam. Forty years is enough
to achieve nirvana but even after 44 years of statehood, the state
has failed to govern and manage its affairs," the memorandum said.
Though the State Government has entered into an
agreement with UALA leading to its disbandment on June 9 coupled
with a series of surrender of LAEF and GNLA militants in last
month, the government is yet to fulfill the demands of ANVC and
ANVC-B militants as per the agreed text of settlement. Moreover,
the disbanded ANVC and ANVC-B cadres are yet to get the one time
financial package of INR 1.5 lakh per cadre and the pending stipend
of INR.3, 500 per month for almost two years, report said. More
than 300 cadres of ANVC and ANVC-B will avail the package which
means that the State Government will have liabilities of crores
of rupees. Other surrendered cadres of LAEF, GNLA and UALA are
also supposed to get the same package thereby bringing additional
burden to the State exchequer, report added.
Former 'publicity secretary' of ANVC, Arist Sangma,
said that there was no communication from the Government regarding
various pending demands of the organization. While the State government
is yet to disburse the one time financial package of Rs.1.5 lakh
per cadre, Rs.3,500 monthly stipend per cadre has been pending
for long, he said. When contacted, a State government official
said the matter is pending with the Police headquarters, he added.
According to the former militant leader, even now if the government
is not keen on fulfilling the pending demands, this will send
a wrong message to many cadres of other militant groups who are
still in the jungle as they will be reluctant to come forward
to join the mainstream.
West Garo Hills District
A delegation of cadres belonging to the now-disbanded
ANVC led by Doreng Malja Sangma, its former political secretary
has called upon the DC of West Garo Hills District for an immediate
release of the one-time financial package for the ex-ANVC cadres.
In a meeting held with the DC Pravin Bakshi in West Garo Hills
District, the former cadres also sought that the fund should be
credited into their SBI accounts. "We have been informed that
our one time financial package is in civil deposit for more than
two months and not yet released even though all process and formalities
have been cleared from Police headquarters in Shillong," said
Malja. He expressed frustration being felt by the former cadres
over the delay in the release of the package for almost about
two years now. He also alleged that there was no news on their
sustenance money which the government promised to give at the
rate of INR 3,500 every month from the time of disbanding ceremony
till the deliverance of the rehabilitation package. The DC assured
the former ANVC members that the rehabilitation package would
be released soon. Further, he stated that skill development for
the cadres would be initiated by the Meghalaya Government shortly.
Angered at the continued delay in the release
of their rehabilitation packages, the former 'chairman' of the
now disbanded ANVC-B, Bernard N Marak met Home Minister, HDR Lyngdoh
at the Circuit House in Shillong apprising him of the situation.
Marak also apprised the Home Minister of fake members of the outfit
who were posing as ANVC-B officers and trying to divide the group
by facilitating the deserters who surrendered to the government
in the ANVC-B list. The outfit requested the Home Minister to
hold meetings to clarify any issues in processing the packages
which according to the release of former 'general secretary' and
the Home Minister agreed to consider the same. However, Marak
further hit out at the State Government after the Home Minister
stated that he was unaware of the status of the delay in rehabilitation
of the former cadres of the outfit.
"Our Chairman apprised him of the unwarranted
delay of the rehabilitation packages sanctioned by the central
government. While the Home Minister assured to look into the matter
immediately, he also said he would check the status of the package
with the Home Department. It is rather surprising that the Home
Minister was unaware of the delay and the status of the package
was not known to him," said former ANVC-B 'general secretary',
Jakrik Wareng. Wareng further alleged that political leaders of
Garo Hills are being kept in the dark about issues facing the
region. "It is also surprising he did not even receive our distress
letters. Something seems to be very wrong in the system," added
Former members of the ANVC-B lashed out at the
State Government for not being invited to be a part of the skill
development training programme organised by the State. The outfit's
former 'general secretary', Jakrik Momin, lashed out at the State
Government on allegations of manipulation in their rehabilitation
package. "We were not invited to the skill development programme
because they wanted to leave us out of the rehabilitation package.
The state government has been delaying and manipulating our package
over the past two years and it continues to do so," Momin said.
"Our cadres (ANVC-B) did not surrender but came forward to join
the mainstream after signing the Agreed Text for Settlement. Our
brothers surrendered but it was with pride and honour that we
signed the agreement unlike other groups. We are firm in our stand
of not stooping to manipulations of the state officials and that
is why our package is still delayed," Momin said. The former cadres,
however, expressed hope of progress in the issue related to their
In a statement, the disbanded ANVC-B threatened
to work against the Indian National Congress party led Meghalaya
MUA-II Government in the upcoming 2018 assembly elections in Garo
Hills area. In the statement the ANVC-B alleged that the Government
had not respected the peace agreement signed by them and the State
Government including the Central Government of India. The statement
further accused the State Government that they had been trying
to 'create division' between the 'leadership' and the general
cadres of the ANVC-B.
Source:Compiled from news reports and