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Incidents and Statements involving HNLC: 2014

Date
Place
Incident

Nature of incident

Janaury 21

Shillong/ East Khasi hills

11 militant outfits of the North East have jointly given a call to boycott the Republic Day (January 26) and to observe a general strike.

In a joint statement, CorCom, an umbrella organization of Manipur-based militant groups, ULFA-I, NDFB-IKS,NLFT,KLO and HNLC have called upon the people of the region to boycott the Republic Day to fight together against the "colonial rule" of India. CorCom consists of KCP, KYKL, PREPAK, PREPAK-Pro, PLA and UNLF.

Violent
February 2 East Jaintia hills

The HNLC issued a direct warning to coal traders doing business in Briwar, Samasi and Nongkhlieh areas of East Jaintia Hills District asking them to refrain from getting involved in land disputes. In a statement issued to the media, HNLC 'publicity secretary' Sainkupar Nongtraw said that the "show of strength by coal traders has given rise to various criminal activities which are affecting the normal life of the common people in the entire area.

Violent
February 19 NS

The HNLC confirmed that former KSU vice president Frederick Kharmawphlang and 13 others had joined the outfit, with its publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw claiming that they had joined the outfit since they were hunted by the police for demanding implementation of ILP.

Violent
February 19 Meghalaya

A day after KSU vice president created a storm by announcing that he has resigned from the influential students' body and has joined the HNLC, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, said that the Government would verify whether the former KSU leader had been maintaining prolonged association with the militant outfit before joining the group.

Statement
February 20 Meghalaya

Meghalaya Police ruled out any nexus between the KSU and the HNLC following reports that a KSU leader had joined the outfit. Reports surfaced that KSU vice-president Frederick Kharmawphlang had left the students' union to join hands with the HNLC. He had reportedly tendered his resignation letter to KSU president Daniel Khyriem wherein he mentioned that he would join the outfit.

Statement
February 22 East Khasi Hills

A surrendered HNLC cadre outraged the modesty of a woman inside a beauty parlour at Mawlai Mawdatbaki in East Khasi Hills.

Violent
March 2 Meghalaya

Former KSU Vice-president Fredrick Kharmawphlang and 13 others, who recently joined the HNLC, are believed to be somewhere in Meghalaya and are yet to cross over to Bangladesh, BSF officials informed. The BSF personnel have been asked to augment their vigil in the border in view of the development.

Statement
March 8 Meghalaya

Addressing the opening day of the Budget session of the Meghalaya Assembly, Governor K.K. Paul expressed concern about the activities of GNLA in the Garo Hills. According to the Governor, the activities of HNLC had seen a decline during the past one year because of the constant pressure mounted by the State Police.

statement
March 9 Shillong/ East Khasi Hills

The BSF handed over to the BGB a list of 66 terror camps in Bangladesh of militants operating in India's Northeast. Camps of HNLC, ULFA, NDFB, PLA and a few other groups were operating in districts like Mymensingh, Maulvibazar and Rangamati. IG BSF Sudhir Kumar Srivastava said, "The number of these camps has decreased." Some of the camps had now been shifted towards Myanmar due to pressure from Bangladesh authorities.

Statement
March 12

Shillong/ East Khasi Hills

A student organization leader, public secretary of the JSM, Sambormi Lyngdoh from East Jaintia Hills District has joined HNLC. This was also confirmed by the HNLC's 'publicity secretary', Sainkupar Nongthraw through a post in Facebook. Sambormi is a resident of Khliehriat East of East Jaintia Hills District.

Statement
March 13

Shillong/ East Khasi Hills

Police arrested three newly-recruited HNLC cadres from Upper Shillong area in East Khasi Hills District. They were identified as Tony Roy Pale, Shanbor Maring and Kyrshan Khyriem.

Non-violent
March 14

East Khasi Hills

Police arrested one person, who was assigned by HNLC with the task of helping the new militant recruits to cross over to Bangladesh, from Pyndemsohsaw village in East Khasi Hills District. East Khasi Hills SP M Kharkrang informed that the arrested person was identified as Paila Snaitang (38).

Non-violent
March 17 Meghalaya

The HNLC received a jolt when a senior cadre of the outfit, identified as Syiemlieh alias Lungiut, surrendered before the East Khasi Hills Superintendant of Police. Syiemlieh, who recently escaped from Bangladesh to surrendered, did not deposit any arms and ammunition.

Statement
March 17

Shillong/ East Khasi Hills

HNLC clarified that youths arrested by Police in Upper Shillong on March 13 did not have any link with outfit.

Statement
March 19

Shillong/ East Khasi Hills

Elvis Syiemlieh, an HNLC cadre who escaped from Bangladesh and surrendered on March 17 before the Superintendent of Police, East Khasi Hills District revealed the sufferings of HNLC cadres during their stay with the militant outfit. Syiemlieh on March 19 revealed that he was getting an amount of only INR 150 per month during his stay in the camp of the militant outfit in Chittagong (Bangladesh). He also revealed that one of the cadres of the outfit, Tensing Syiemlieh even died in their camp in Bangladesh.

Statement
April 1 Kolkata/ West Bengal

A top HNLC cadre, Phyranilang Swer alias Pastor stated to be the 'area commander' of the outfit in Jaintia Hills District, was arrested by Police on the outskirts of Kolkata (West Bengal) in the evening. Pastor was picked by the STF of Kolkata Police from Kalikapur area after getting inputs from Shillong Police.

Non-Violent
April 2 Shillong/East Khasi Hills

A Police team from Shillong left for Kolkata (West Bengal) to bring back HNLC cadre Phyranilang Swer and his companion Nand Kishore Thakur who were arrested by the Special Task Force of Kolkata Police on April 1, East Khasi Hills SP M Kharkrang said 2. A statement issued by the SP's office said the arrests took place at Chittaranjan Avenue in central Kolkata, though reports from Kolkata said that the arrests had taken place at Kalikapur in the outskirts of the city.

Non-Violent
April 4 East Khasi Hills

Phyranilang Swer, an HNLC cadre, who was arrested along with his accomplice Nand Kishore Thakur from Kolkata (West Bengal) on April 1, has been remanded to eight days of Police custody. East Khasi Hills SP M Kharkrang said that both persons were brought to Shillong on in the night of April 3 and they were produced in the court on April 4.

Non-Violent
April 6 Khasi and Jaintia Hills

The HNLC has called a 12-hour bandh (shut down strike) along with a poll boycott in the Khasi and Jaintia Hills on April 9, the day Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian parliament) elections are due in Meghalaya. It has also renewed the demand for imposition of the ILP system in Meghalaya and called for a plebiscite to decide if Hynniewtrep (the Khasis) wants to stay in India or not. "The HNLC appeals to the people of Hynniewtrep to boycott the drama of elections enacted by the Government of India, as the outfit would observe a total shutdown of the entire Khasi and Jaintia Hills on April 9 starting from 5am to 5pm," 'publicity secretary' of HNLC Sai˝kupar Nongtraw said on April 6. The decision to call a bandh on the polling day was taken in an emergency meeting of Central Executive Committee of HNLC held on April 1.

HNLC cadres Phyrmailang Swer and Nandkishore Thakur, who were arrested from Kolkata by West Bengal Police, are suspected to have gone to Kolkata to escape the Meghalaya Police and find customers to sell their weapons and fake notes. The weapons are mainly of Chinese make and the fake notes outsourced from China, Police sources informed adding both are wanted in several cases of terror acts lodged in two Police Stations of Laitumkhrah and Rynjah of East Khasi Hills District in Meghalaya.

Statement
April 16 NS

HNLC asked people of Nepali community to quit from the entire Districts of Khasi and Jaintia Hills, and especially from Langpih, with immediate effect, on the ground that "the illegal Nepali foreign settlers in Langpih" were causing "huge damage" to the indigenous people. Accusing militant groups from Karbi Anglong in Assam of threatening indigenous people of Meghalaya in Block-I and Block-II areas, the HNLC that "the HNLC would not tolerate any interference by the outside groups into its territory.

Statement
April 19 NS

Arrested HNLC cadres, Phyrnai Swer alias Pastor, and his associate, Nand Kishore Thakur were engaging in several business activities in the State, according to Police. "Phyrnai owns a petrol pump in Jaintia Hills besides carrying out other business activities and his associate Kishore helps him in his business ventures.

Statement
April 30 NS

HNLC has termed the ongoing power crisis in Meghalaya as a "conspiracy" by the State Government to make way for uranium mining in order to generate electricity. This policy of the Indian government towards Meghalaya is to make Hynniewtrep and A'chik starve so that they live a poor life. The Indian government wants to take away uranium, electricity, coal, land and everything else that would make Hynniewtrep lives enriched. The HNLC would never tolerate anything related to uranium mining and people encouraging uranium mining will be dealt with severely," HNLC "publicity secretary" Sainkupar Nongtraw said in a statement.

Statement
May 2 Rangthong/ South West Khasi Hills

East Khasi Hills Police have arrested HANM president Lamphrang Kharbani for his alleged links with the banned rebel outfit HNLC. "We had specific input that Kharbani recently had gone to Bangladesh to meet the top leaders of the HNLC," Police sources said. It is also revealed that among those arrested along with Kharbani, one was a former member of the banned outfit.

Non-Violent
May 3 NS

HANM president along with four others were produced in a court. The court remanded them in five-day Police custody. "All the arrested are having links with HNLC. We have also seized some demand notes along with the letter heads of the banned outfit," a senior police official said. Replying to a query, the senior Police also informed that the HANM president was helping the outfit in various ways including by generating fund for the council. The HANM president was arrested earlier on two occasions for illegal possession of arms.

HNLC has demanded for the unconditional release of HANM president Lamphrang Kharbani and threatened to announce a total shutdown of all the State Government offices and departments including central government on May 8, 9, 12 and 13 if it is not met. Condemning the arrest of the HANM leader the HNLC said that the allegations made by the police are totally baseless and "has no grounds to stand upon."

Non-Violent
May 5 NS

Police detained a militant of ANVC-B identified as Thawar M Marak in Ranighat in West Khasi Hills. A pistol and three live ammunition were also seized from his possession. A case would be registered against him under appropriate sections, Police informed.

Taking strong cognizance of the four-day office picketing call by HNLC the State Government appealed the public in general and Government employees in particular to refrain from paying heed to this unreasonable call and to carry on with their daily activities without any fear or apprehension of reprisals, HNLC has called a shutdown in Government offices on May 8, 9, 12 and 13 if arrested HNAM 'president' Lamphrang Kharbani and four others are not released immediately. HNLC 'publicity secretary' Sainkupar Nongtraw had earlier said the Police should release the arrested persons unconditionally.

The HANM has lent its support to the four-day office picketing called by HNLC to secure the release of its president Lamphrang Kharbani, who was arrested for his alleged links with the once-dreaded terror group. "We strongly condemn police allegation against our president of having links with the HNLC," HANM 'general secretary' Damonmi S. Dkhar said in a statement.

Non-Violent
May 8 NS

The shut down called by HNLC failed to have any impact as State and Central Government Offices continued to function normally. The HNLC had called for a shutdown of government offices demanding the immediate release of HANM president Lamphrang Kharbani. HNLC had called for a four-day shutdown of all government (both state and central) offices from May 8, 9, 12, and 13.

HANM president Lamphrang Kharbani and four others, who were arrested on May 2 for alleged links with HNLC have been remanded in Police custody for 14 days. The South West Khasi Hills SP Debangshu D Sangma, said that Police were now trying to establish links between the arrested HANM activists and the banned militant outfit HNLC.

Non-Violent
May 14 NS

PSO of the 'Commander in Chief' of HNLC Bobby Marwein, identified as Wanbor Khardewsaw alias Lung alias William S of Pyndensohsaw who had joined the militant outfit in 2002 surrendered before Police without any weapons, seven days after he managed to escape from the Police ambush at Dangar village of East Khasi Hills, near the Indo- Bangladesh border. On May 8 he along with another senior cadre identified as Wansing Umlong alias Muh were travelling together when the police laid an ambush. Wansing Umlong was caught but Khardewsaw managed to escape.

Non-Violent
May 25 NS

HNLC is attempting resurgence with recruitment including former Khasi Students Union (KSU) leader Frederick Kharmawphlang.

Statement
May 29 NS

HNLC to call a 12-hour shutdown on June 3 if the interim order of the NGT banning mining and transportation of coal in Meghalaya is not revoked by June 2.

Statement
May 29 NS

HNLC threatened to call a 12-hour shutdown on June 3 if the interim order of NGT banning mining and transportation of coal in Meghalaya is not revoked by June 2.

Statement
June 1 NS

HNLC threatened a fresh 24-hour bandh on June 10 of next day if NGT does not lift the ban on rat hole mining during its hearing on June 9.

Statement
June 8 Kolkata/West Bengal

Bengal Police arrested two OGWs identified as Albert Jaroa and Amar Sinha of HNLC.

Non-Violent
June 9 NS

HNLC has called for a 24-hour shut down staring from 6pm of June 10 following NGT refusal to revoke its interim order banning the rat-hole coal mining

Non-Violent
June 10 NS

Meghalaya Police left for Kolkata to bring back two OGWs identified as Albert Jaroa and Amar Sinha of HNLC.

Non-Violent
June 11 Khasi and Jaintia Hills

The 24 hour bandh called by HNLC which began on June 10 evening affected the entire Khasi and Jaintia Hill.

Non-Violent
July 7 NS

Former KSU VP Frederick Kharmawphlang who joined HNLC is skeptical about BJP giving nod to implement ILP. He asked all the 13 pressure groups to fight for the cause of implementing ILP in the State amidst reports of disunity in KSU.

Statement
July 13 Rajai/ South West Khasi Hills

OGW of HNLC, a facilitator Kyrmenskhem Sohlamar, son of self exiled Khasi chief Wickliffe Syiem, was arrested at Rajai village in South West Khasi Hills District.

Non-Violent
July 23 NS

Senior HNLC militant Phyranilang Swer who was arrested from Kolkata has been placed under MPDA for his alleged criminal activities and for maintaining links with the outlawed militant outfit.

Non-Violent
July 24 Shillong

State Government is prepared to thwart any attempt of HNLC to disrupt the Independence Day Celebrations.

Non-Violent
July 30 Shillong/ East Khasi Hills

Police arrested three HNLC OGWs Donkupar Nongrum, Michael Pakynten and Khraw Wanniang and spoiled it's bid to kidnap the son of an exporter from Shillong in East Khasi Hills District.

Non-Violent
July 31 NS

SP East Khasi Hills, MH Kharkrang stated that HNLC is using handful of overground workers/sympathizers to abduct people.

Statement
August 3 NS

HNLC 'publicity secretary' Sainkupar Nongtraw claimed that tribal and non-tribal communities and politicians have been contributing towards the cause of HNLC.

Statement
August 3 NS

HNLC stated that it will intensify its stand on the NGT ban on coal mining.

Statement
August 5 Lumparing/ East Khasi Hills

A HNLC cadre Willbok Lyngdoh was arrested from Lumparing in East Khasi Hills District and another cadre Sylvester Marwein was arrested from unspecified location for demanding INR 100000 from a man from Laitumkhrah in East Khasi Hills.

Non-Violent
August 8 Umran/ RiBhoi

HNLC OGW Lyngdoh Rngain was arrested from Umran in RiBhoi District.

Non-Violent
August 10 NS

HNLC called for a three-day bandh from 6 pm of August 13 to 6 pm of August 15 in protest against NGT ban and boycott of the Independence Day.

Statement
August 10 NS

HNLC called for a three-day bandh from August 13 to 15 in protest against the NGT ban on rate hole mining and customary boycott of the Independence Day

Statement
August 11 NS

HNLC have called for a 'boycott' of Independence Day celebrations as a means to demonstrate their continuing resistance against the Government.

Statement
August 11 NS

Militant outfits including HNLC called for general strike in the entire North East on August 15 from 1 am to 5: 30 pm.

Statement
August 11 NS

State Gov to the people to defy the 48 hour bandh called by HNLC.

Statement
August 15 Khasi-Jaintia Hills region

Normal life was crippled in six Districts of Khasi-Jaintia Hills because of a 48-hour bandh called by the HNLC called by the HNLC

Non-Violent
August 17 NS

HNLC 'publicity secretary' Sainkupar Nongtraw stated that if the State Government was serious about rehabilitating HNLC militants then it should draw a strategy for bilateral ceasefire.

Statement
August 18 NS

State Government will examine HNLC's offer for a 'bilateral ceasefire'. A senior Government Official stated that Government wanted to be sure if HNLC was serious in a bilateral ceasefire agreement.

Statement
August 18 NS

KHADC MDC PT Sawkmie urged State CM to send an official invitation to HNLC to hold talks while welcoming the reciprocal offer of HNLC.

Statement
August 20 NS

HNLC 'publicity secretary' Sainkupar Nongtraw stated that it was "more or less ready" for "unconditional peace talk and asked the State government to appoint an interlocutor.

Statement
August 20 NS

HNLC 'publicity secretary' Sainkupar Nongtraw stated that "The HNLC is ready for peace talks within the ambit of the Constitution of India or outside the Constitution as per requirements as the Indian constitution was not drafted by God."

Statement
August 20 NS

HNLC blamed former Chief Minister D.D. Lapang for the derailment of peace talks in the past and faith in the leadership of Mukul Sangma who according to HNLC would bring peace.

Statement
August 25 NS

A school teacher, identified as Sromwel Mawdoh joined HNLC.

Non-Violent
August 26 NS

HNLC sent an open invitation to Government employees to join the outfit as "part-time workers"

Statement
August 29 NS

State Government said that interlocutor would be appointed for the talks between Gov and HNLC

Statement
August 31 NS

HNLC in response to Meghalaya government's statement on 29th stated that interlocutor" for possible peace talks must be appointed in 24 days.

Statement
August 31 NS

HNLC "publicity secretary" Sainkupar Nongtraw said HNLC would try achieve its objectives through dialogue and achieving a peaceful settlement and appreciated the "positive steps"..

Statement
August 31 NS

"publicity secretary" Sainkupar Nongtraw said chief minister Mukul Sangma has "shown responsibility" by intervening into NGT ban on coal mining.

Statement
September 4 NS

CM Mukul Sangma stated that the objectives to enter into talk with HNLC for the sake of attaining sustainable peace is now more pronounced and added that HNLC must shun its illegal activities.

Statement
September 5 NS

GNLA has threatened serial bombing in Garo Hills in protest of government entering peace talks with HNLC.

Statement
September 7 NS

Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Home Affairs in-charge North-East, Shambu Singh stated that GoI yet to receive any letter from the State Government on holding talks with HNLC.

Statement
September 7 NS

HNLC has iterated that it "stands committed" to peace talks with the Government.

Statement
September 8 NS

Meghalaya Police refuted allegations that Police Department is opposing peace parleys with HNLC.

Statement
September 17 NS

Mukul Sangma stated on Governments proposal to initiate talks with HNLC that the Government is working out the modalities and the matters related to appointing an interlocutor will be shared with GoI.

Statement
September 24 NS

CM Mukul Sangma stated that modality for HNLC is in progress.

Statement
September 26 NS

HNLC announced a 24-hour shutdown beginning October 1 to oppose the International Day of Non-Violence and protest against the killing of two persons who were protesting against NGT ban

Non-Violent
September 28 NS

State Government termed the October 1 bandh which coincided with Durga Puja called by HNLC as "Ill timed and irresponsible",

Statement
September 28 NS

UDP appealed to HNLC to review its decision of imposing the 24-hour bandh starting from October 1.

Statement
September 29 NS

HNLC refused to withdraw its 24-hour shutdown but exempted those who celebrate Durga Puja. HNLC also asked CPC to 'instruct' their community to 'abstain' from merry making, drinking, shouting, dancing on October 1 and 2 as a mark of respect to the people who lost their lives in East Jaintia Hills.

Statement
September 29 NS

Mawlai MDC Process, T Sawkmie urged HNLC to call off their 24-hour shutdown in view of the upcoming Durga Puja celebration.

Statement
September 30 NS

HNLC has called for a 24 hour bandh in protest against the killing of two civilians during the protest against ban on coal mining on September 24 and to oppose the international day of non violence.

Non-Violent
October 2 Khasi Jaintia Hills region

24 hour shutdown in the Khasi Jaintia Hills region called by HNLC passed off peacefully. Stringent security measures were taken by the police to thwart any law and order problems.

Non-Violent
October 5 NS

HNLC threatened to resort back to its militant activities. The 'publicity secretary' Sainkupar Nongtraw said that even though the deadline given by the outfit to assign an interlocutor ended on September 24, the GoI was yet to act on the matter.

Statement
October 10 NS

Meghalaya government is working out names of people who can intermediate between the Government and HNLC. Security agencies are of the opinion that HNLC leadership should agree to surrender before deliberating on the grievances of the group.

Non-Violent
October 18 Mawlai/East Khasi Hills

A 'sergeant major' and medical officer of HNLC identified as BynrapborPathaw alias Khlain surrendered at Mawlai Police Station in East Khasi Hills.

Non-Violent
October 20 NS

HNLC demanded withdrawal of armed forces and their political machineries at the earliest from the Hynniewtrep soil if the Centre wanted wants peace and normalcy to be restored in the State.

Statement
October 20 NS

State HM said that State was still on the job to shortlist the names of the interlocutors to facilitate the peace process with HNLC and also informed that State Home Ministry was also working out the modalities for the talk with the militant group.

Statement
November 20 NS

Two unidentified militants of HNLC surrendered before the East Jaintia Hills Police, at an unspecified location. The militants who were residents of Jalyiah village in East Jaintia Hills were missing for more than a month. Sources state that they came back to the village after a month and half and revealed that they had joined the rebel outfit. Later the Dorbar Shnong (traditional village institution) handed over them to Police.

Non-violent
November 20 NS

HNLC has appealed to the State Government to appoint an interlocutor to start the peace process. HNLC 'spokesman' Sai˝kupar Nongtraw stated, "The government should announce the name of the interlocutor appointed to start the peace process without any hindrances as early as possible so as to avoid any misunderstandings in the peace process".

Statement
November 28 NS

Mukul Sangma said that State Government was facilitating members of HNLC come over ground and avail of the rehabilitation package. The CM also added that legal procedures have to be followed for holding peace talks with any banned organisations like the HNLC.

Statement
November 28 NS

CM also stated that State Government is compiling the names of interlocutors who will be responsible for holding talks with HNLC.

Statement
December 1 Ricky Dkhar / Shillong /East Khasi Hills District

A senior cadre of HNLC, identified as Ornet Phanbuh, surrendered before senior Police official Ricky Dkhar in Shillong in East Khasi Hills District. According to Police, Phanbuh was from the 2002 batch of the outfit and had been looking after a makeshift HNLC camp Aru Sumer in the Chittagong Hills Tract of Bangladesh.

Non-violent
December 4 NS

HNLC denied that senior cadre of HNLC, Ornet Phanbuh had surrendered to Police on December 1. HNLC 'public secretary' Sainkupar Nongtraw, in a statement claimed that the statements of the Police about the escape and surrender of Phanbuh was a planned conspiracy to create misunderstandings among the cadres of the HNLC and to sow the seeds of disunity.

Statement
December 4 Bangladesh

High-level sources in the Special Branch of the State Police said they had received feedback from sources from across the border that in the past 12 days, six hideouts of NLFT, HNLC and NDFB militants had been destroyed and At least seven suspected NLFT militants and allegedly one each of HNLC and NDFB militants have been arrested.

Non-violent
December 15 Shillong/East Khasi Hills

HNLC has again started its extortion activities by serving demand notes to few local businessmen in Shillong.. East Khasi SP M Kharkrang on December 17 stated, "We have received intelligence inputs that the proscribed outfit is demanding money from the local businessmen ranging up to INR 1 million. The acknowledgement for such payment will be given in the name of some non existing sports club". SP informed that this information was received about a month ago and till date no one has come forward to register a complaint.

Non-Violent

 

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.

 

 

 

 

 
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