Crackdown against HNLC militants to continue: Lapang

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Shillong, Nov 8 (UNI) Meghalaya Chief Minister D D Lapang today said crackdown against the ultras of the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council would continue even as he appealed to the HNLC leadership to come forward to the negotiating table.

His statement came following yesterday's heavy exchange of fire between police and HNLC ultras at Paham Umdoh, resulting in the death of a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and a militant cadre.

'' The militancy problem has come down in the state, but action against the HNLC will continue to ensure peace, '' Mr Lapang told reporters here after presiding over the condolence meeting to condole the demise of DSP Raymond P Diengdoh.

However, at the same time, the Chief Minister reiterated his appeal to the HNLC leadership to sort out their grievances across the table.

Mr Lapang maintained that the overall law and order situation in the state was peaceful.

Asked about the alleged nexus between the HNLC and the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement, besides two prominent social organisations - Khasi Student's Union and Federation of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo People's, the Chief Minister denied of having any knowledge.

'' The government is yet to receive a report and I have seen these allegations in the media only, '' he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Lapang had requested Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil to make diplomatic contacts with Bangladesh for dismantling the North east-based insurgent camps in that country.

UNI

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