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Incidents and Statements involving HNLC: 2017

Date
Place
Incident

Nature of incident

January 23

NS

In a joint statement, the CorCom, GNLA, HNLC and the ULFA-I called for a 'total shut down' in the entire North East India on Indian Republic day (26th January). In the joint statement issued by the militant groups asserted that the 'WESEA' should 'collectively boycott' the Indian Republic Day on January 26, 2017.

Statement
January 30 Shillong / East Khasi Hills District

SFs arrested two HNLC militants, identified as Samuel Wahlang Pahsyntiew (30) and Hebingstun Khongbuh (18) from Shillong in East Khasi Hills District. Police said that both are new cadres of HNLC, but Samuel Wahlang Pahsyntiew was trained in Bangladesh camp of the militant group.

Non-violent
February 24 NS

The BSF has informed the BGB that seven militant outfits from the Northeast have set up as many as 20 camps in Bangladesh. Sources in the BSF said the NLFT has 10 camps, HNLC from Meghalaya's Khasi hills has three camps, ULFA-I and MPLA have two camps each while GNLA of Meghalaya, PREPAK and KYKL, both from Manipur, have a camp each.

Statement
March 5 NS

In a statement, the HNLC militant denied the surrender option of the State Government and said that it will continue 'the struggle'. In the statement, the 'publicity secretary' of HNLC, Sainkupar Nongtraw, said that the 'council' has its own principles and till today they are receiving annual support in terms of finance, arms and ammunitions from 'anti-India countries' which when compared is far greater than the rehabilitation packages offered by CM Mukul Sangma.

Statement
March 14 NS

In wake of the continued rate of crimes committed against women and children in the State, the militant outfit HNLC announced its decision to 'restart Operation Kyllang' to punish rapists in the State.

Statement
April 20 NS

Replying to the questions of the reporters Satyendra Garg said that the Central Government of India will not initiate peace talks with any militant outfit at the moment in Meghalaya. He said that for the Centre to come to the talks table, the groups have to first abjure violence and abide by the Constitution. The GNLA, and the HNLC, had earlier expressed their willingness to come forward for peace talks with the Government.

Statement
May 5

Shillong

BSF DG K.K Sharma said that Bangladesh is no longer a safe haven for Indian insurgent groups. Sharma, who was addressing the media at the 8th annual medical conference at the BSF headquarters in the Shillong, said the few training camps and hideouts set up by Indian rebel groups, like HNLC and ULFA, in the neighbouring country have been destroyed by the Border Guards Bangladesh. On border fencing in the State, Sharma said BSF has taken up the land acquisition issue with the State Government. At the same time, he said the border sentinels will introduce high-end technology to detect intruders. "BSF is in the process of filling up the gaps along the border by technological solutions - installing intruder detection alert system that would go a long way in detecting infiltrators.

Statement
May 8

East Khasi Hills District

A self-styled "major of the 1996 batch" of the HNLC, Combart Syad, surrendered himself before the SP of East Khasi Hills. Syad (36) is a resident of Karimganj in Assam. He was a trainer in HNLC camps, sources said. Syad was not carrying any arms.

Non-violent
June 5

East Khasi Hills District

Two militants of HNLC, identified as Shibormi Suchen and Da E Miki Shadong, surrendered before the East Khasi Hills District Police. According to the Police both the surrendered cadres joined HNLC in June 2016 and went to Bangladesh for training.

Non-violent
June 12 NS

In a statement, the HNLC threatened to back the agitation against the railway project in Ri Bhoi District by providing IEDs to the KSU. The militant group also demanded release of the KSU members who are in prison in connection with the May 27 violence at the project site in the District.

Violent
June 13 NS

The Central Government of India and the State Government has ruled out negotiations with HNLC and GNLA as they still believe in violence. Stating about the issue, DGP S.B Singh said that during the May 16 meeting with central officials in Delhi, it was made known to the State Government that the Centre is not keen to talk to the militant groups due to their violent stand. Another Home Department official said that the stand of both the Centre and the State is that they will not hold talks with the groups which have been declared banned and terrorist organisations by the Centre.

Statement
June 13 NS

With the HNLC threatening to arm KSU activists with IEDs in the wake of crackdown on the arsonists, the State Police have started zeroing in on the activities of HNLC members and their sympathisers.

Non-violent
June 15 NS

Mr Sangma said that he had ordered investigating agencies to probe into possible nexus between KSU and HNLC.

Statement
August 10

NS

Seven armed militant formations called a 12 hour shut down strike on August 15, in the entire North East India, which they term as WESEA to ban celebration of Indian Independence Day. The total ban on the celebration of Indian Independence Day was made in a joint statement signed by 'publicity secretary', HNLC, Ksh Laba Meitei, 'president', KCP, Jiban Singh Koch, 'chairman', KLO, N.Oken, 'chairman', KYKL, B..R Ferengga, 'general secretary', NDFB-S, Sengphui Borok, 'organizing secretary', NLFT and J K Lijang, 'chairman', PDCK.

Violent
October 3 Jaintia Hills

A 17-year-old cadre of HNLC from Lakadong village in East Jaintia Hills District surrendered without arms before Meghalaya Police

Non-violent
November 4

NS

The HNLC 'publicity secretary' Sai˝kupar Nongtraw stated that it was keeping a low profile as it was preparing implement its hit list that is topped by the incumbent Chief Minister (CM), Mukul Sangma. "The CM is also included into the top hit list. In case, if he loses the 2018 upcoming legislative assembly elections he shall become very vulnerable and it will be easy for us to hunt him down..

Statement
November 6 Shillong

Director General of Police SB Singh asked the State intelligence agencies to assess the threat perception to Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and Cabinet Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh following the statement by militant group HNLC.

Statement
November 20

West Jaintia Hills

Police arrested Art of Living (AOL) foundation 'Interlocutors' when they were heading to Sylhet in Bangladesh to meet top members of HNLC from Dawki check post in West Jaintia Hills District. The duo was identified as Khroo Lamsalanki Pariat (39) of Iawmusiang Jowai and Samir Jolly (44) of Noida. The duo's meeting with HNLC leaders was scheduled for November 21.

Non-violent
December 2

West Garo Hills

A GNLA militant, 'West Khasi Hills district commander' David Ch. Marak, surrendered before the BSF at Tura in West Garo Hills. The surrendered GNLA cadre David Ch Marak (24), said that the number of militants left in the outfit was around 50

Non-violent
December 19 NS

Meghalaya DGP stated that HNLC 'commander in chief' Bobby Reagan Marwein and 'general secretary' Cheritserfield Thangkhiew are holed up in Maulavi Bazar in Bangladesh. DGP also added that HNLC is a spent force.

Statement

 

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.

 

 

 

 

 
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