Govt tightens security cover to KHADC Chief

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Shillong, Nov 4 (UNI) The Meghalaya government has provided additional security cover to Chief Executive Member of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council(KHADC) H S Shylla and Julius K Dorphang, the former 'Chairman' of banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council(HNLC).

The additional security cover to Mr Shylla and Mr Dorphang was provided in the wake of reports that certain groups of hard core HNLC cadres, armed with sophisticated weapons, had been sent by Bangladesh-HNLC on a special mission to Shillong to eliminate certain politicians and some surrendered members of the organisation.

In fact, the state police had killed three members of the HNLC hit squad last week, who had been found wandering in the state capital with a mission to 'eliminate' their former leader and Mr Shylla.

''We have reviewed the security arrangement for both Mr Shylla and Mr Dorphang after the state intelligence agencies reported a perceived threat to their life,'' a senior police official told UNI here today.

Earlier, the government had provided 'Y' category security cover to KHADC Chief, while Mr Dorphang, who surrendered before Chief Minister D D Lapang in July last was also provided with enough security cover.

The proscribed HNLC is targetting Mr Shylla for being vocal on the issue of uranium mining as he wanted that the state should go ahead with the uranium mining.

However, the HNLC wanted to catch Julius K Dorphang after he surrendered before the state government.

''We don't want to take any risk and our duty is to protect the civilians,'' the police official said.

UNI

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